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Reflections by Still Waters 

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"Coffee and Tea 
Are not Good 
for Me" 

Charles W. Turner 


We have been told by our 
educators that great and lasting in- 
fluences come very early in our 
lives. Many of the thoughts and 
habit patterns come even prior to 
our more formal days of educa- 
tion within the halls of learn- 
ing—often called schools. I have 
picked up a lot of things at 
school— it was there I got chicken 
pox and measles, literally hun- 
dreds of colds, and a few bruises 
and abrasions that remain in the 
form of scars on my physical and 
emotional being. 

Those dedicated souls called 
teachers left their impressions 
upon me, too. There was the 
seventh grade English teacher 
who volunteered to help me dur- 
ing recess time to diagram 
sentences. In those precious 
moments spent off the 
playground I learned that it is 
possible in this life to learn the dif- 
ference between a noun and a 
verb. Even adverbs and adjectives 
have marks of distinction that 
make them recognizable. The 
great day was when I personally 
met a predicate nominative and 
we became friends and actually 
had a speaking acquaintance. 

Then there was the history 
teacher, a big man with a foreign 
name. He loved history and his im- 
pact was something else— I sud- 
denly loved history. To many this 
may sound very strange because 
you have endured, not endeared, 
history. I found myself marching 
through Europe with Napoleon, 
and did it hurt at Waterloo! 

The teacher who was my first ac- 
quaintance-whose name I do not 
remember, but whose voice I can 
still hear-was a little lady called 
the kindergarten teacher. She 
looked ancient to me the first time 
I saw her. (When you are five, 
everyone is ancient-looking to 
you.) This was my first experience 
away from the security of home 
and family. It meant sitting still, 
but it also brought sloppy water- 
color painting and new adven- 
tures. But most of all it brought in- 
struction! Each day we would get 
ready to go home by putting on 
our sweaters and all necessary 
outerclothing and line up in front 
of the classroom door. It was 
dismissal time and she was 
strict— no one could go until all 
were ready. Of course, there was 
always one dear soul that was 
behind schedule, so we waited 
and made smart remarks. With 
everyone in place, we would 
repeat after our kindergarten 
teacher these words, "Coffee and 
tea are not good for me, and I will 
look to the right and to the left 
before I cross the street." Every 
day for one year of class instruc- 
tion we repeated this phrase. To 
this day when I leave the house to 
go to work in the morning, I feel 
the temptation to put on my 

gloves, button up my coat and 
repeat "Coffee and tea are . . . ." 

Now what is the moral to this 
long story about my childhood 
days which I have shared with 
you? First, if you have ever broken 
bread with me you will remember 
I do not drink coffee because it 
gives me a stomach ache. It must 
be the result of a sense of guilt for 
breaking the instructions of that 
sweet little teacher I had when I 
was five. I cannot prove the point, 
but I was brainwashed! (Please do 
not suggest Sanka, I hate the com- 

But much more important, it 
reminds me that instruction which 
is given early and often does re- 
main. What a lesson and hope for 
all of those Sunday school 
teachers in the early age depart- 
ments. What an opportunity to 
place the Word of God in the fer- 
tile soil of young hearts. The 
hearts receive the message from 
the ears and it does remain. How 
often the thoughts and truths of 
religious instruction taught at an 
early age help in the trials of mid- 
dle age and later. Labor for the 
Lord is never in vain and His word 
will not return void. I would en- 
courage you to keep up the in- 
struction to the young— they will 


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35 Years Ago - 1946 

The Gospel Truth, National Brethren Radio Hour, was broadcast 
over five stations: Fairmont, W. Va.; Akron, Ohio; Johnstown, 
Penn; Covington, Va; and Winchester, Va. . . . The building com- 
mittee of Grace Seminary presented architectural plans for the 
building of Grace Seminary. 

15 Years Ago- 1966 

Two Indiana churches went self-supporting. They were Goshen, 
with James Kennedy as pastor; and Fort Wayne, Grace, with 
Paul Fink as pastor. . . . Plans have been announced for a new 
three level library on the campus of Grace College. 

5 Years Ago - 1976 

Orlando, Fla. Grace Brethren Church has broken ground for a 
building program; John Diaz, pastor .... Four California young 
adults return from a year with TIME program in Africa. They 
were Richard Harrell, Debra Hinger, Jan Norwood and Eric 


Dear Editor, 

Is there any way that we can get separate copies or reprints of 
the article by Dave Hocking on ERA? 

I really appreciated the article and to be enlightened on its 
contents in depth, the ramifications of this godless issue of ERA. I 
trust the small print will not discourage readers from completely 
reading it through. 

It certainly could qualify for soapbox publicity. I certainly pray 
we never have to live under its precepts and philosophies. God 

-A "Mrs." in Ohio 

(BMH editor's note: The ERA article is available in booklet form, priced 
at 75' each or 5 copies tor $3.25, postage paid. Order from: Sounds of 
Grace Ministries, 3590 Elm Ave., Suite N, Long Beach, Calif. 90807.) 

Editor, Charles W, Turner 
Managing Editor, Kenneth E. Herman 
Production Manager, Bruce Brickel 
Artist, Mary Jane Fretz 
Editorial Secretary, Noreen Irvin 
Departmental Editors: 

Christian Education: 

Knute Larson, Ginny Toroian 

Foreign Missions: 

John W. Zielasko, Nora Macon 

Grace Brethren Boys: 

Mike Ostrander 

Grace Brethren Men: 

Harold Hollinger 

Grace Schools: 

Dr. Homer A. Kent, Jr., Don Cramer 

Home Missions: 

Dr. Lester E. Pifer, Brad Skiles 

Women's Missionary Council: 

Linda Hoke 


Vol. 43 

Nunnber 1 

January 1981 


4 31 Years with Brethren Home Missions 

7 A New England Lighthouse 

8 David's Counsel on Building God's 

10 If We Faint Not 

11 And What Did You Do on Furlough? 
16 Help! Teachers Needed! 

18 Changes . . . Changes . . . Changes . . . 

20 Building for Cod in Brazil 

26 Clear Directions, Good Results 

33 What is the "Thank Offering" Anyway? 

34 The Reorganization of the NFGBM 

35 Grace Brethren Boys from "A" to "Z" 

36 Nursing Program Progress Continued 
38 Dan Snively: One of College's Youngest 


bmh features 

• Reflections by Still Waters 2 • 

• BMH News Report 12* 
• Guest Editorial 22 • Now 40 • 

An Interview with Frank Poland 

by Brad Skiles 

Promotional Secretary 

31 Years with Brethren 

Respected throughout the 
Grace Brethren Fellowship, 
Mr. Frank j. Poland has given 
his life to Grace Brethren 
Church extension. At the re- 
quest of the late Dr. L. L. 
Crubb, Frank Poland joined 
the staff of Brethren Home 
Missions in November of 

During his 31 years of fruit- 
ful service, Frank Poland has 
accumulated a wealth of 
church-planting experience. 
This experience exceeds that 
of administrative coor- 
dinator for the Brethren 
Home Missions Council to 
include his own personal in- 
volvement in local churches. 
Frank has served a total of 
30 years as Sunday school 
superintendent or assistant 
in four churches, 30 years on 
the Winona Lake Grace 
Brethren Church deacon 
board and has been a 
member of the Indiana 
District Missions Board since 

Frank Poland retired from 
the Brethren Home Missions 
Council with the close of 
1980. His administrative in- 
volvement will be greatly 
missed but we v/ill continue 
to covet his prayers and per- 
sonal acitivities in Brethren 

Frank recently celebrated 
his forty-third wedding an- 
niversary. Frank and Alta 
Poland are the parents of Dr. 
Larry Poland, director of the 
Agape Movement of Cam- 
pus Crusade for Christ. 

The following interview 
helps to capture some of 
Frank's church-planting ex- 

Frank, looking back on your career in 
Brethren Home Missions, how has your 
position here affected your spiritual life? 

It has been a positive experience. 
Through my involvement in this ministry I 
have come to trust God for greater things. 
When we consider the number of 
churches established in the last 31 years 
and that it represents a high percentage of 
the churches in our Fellowship today, it has 
strengthened my faith. Seeing God per- 
form miracles in bringing churches into ex- 
istence, meeting financial needs and 
bringing lost souls to Him has caused me 
to trust Him, in a greater way, for my own 
personal needs. 

How about your commitment to your 
own local church? Has your work in 
Home Missions motivated you to be 
more active at home? 

I think ail of us either go one way or the 
other. We don't stand still. We either go 
backwards or we progress forward. I 
believe in a strong local church. Home Mis- 
sions has to begin at home, at the home 
church and then move out. I became a part 
of the FGBC through a Brethren Home Mis- 
sions church. In the past 31 years I have 
been a member of the Winona Lake Grace 
Brethren Church which has a strong mis- 
sions emphasis. I have always endeavored 
to "practice what I preach," so naturally my 
work has made me more active in my local 

You've had a national perspective of our 
Fellowship for 31 years, what are your 
general observations of where we are 

I have a concern for our Fellowship that 
Satan doesn't lick us by dividing us. It has 
been a concern of mine that the leadership 
in our Fellowship has had so many con- 
troversies through the years over so many 
different issues. I love the Fellowship and 
think ifs the greatest. But I think that it 

could be even greater if we all would live a 
little more of the Word we teach and 

Frank, what makes our Fellowship so 
unique? What is so unique about us that 
we should try to put Brethren churches 
in states without Grace Brethren 

I think it could be summed up in the fact 
that we are a Bible-teaching church. Having 
been saved and having spent a number of 
years in another fellowship, I see the 
distinct advantages of the Bible-teaching 
ministry. Starting out my Christian life with 
weak Bible teaching and now to have lived 
under this type of teaching, there's no go- 
ing back! I think the hundreds of letters that 
we've gotten here in Brethren Home Mis- 
sions from people who have been in a 
Grace Brethren church and have moved to 
places where there are no Grace Brethren 
churches would confirm my observation. 
These requests for new churches, without 
exception, indicate a desire for a Bible- 
teaching church. 

Thirty-one years with the Council. Are 
things any different now? How has the 
Brethren Home Missions Council 

The big change that I have seen is that to- 
day we are operating on a better fiscal 
policy. At the beginning we tried to do too 
much for too many churches with too 
small a base of support. As a result, for 
many years of our operation we were func 
tioning mostly on a deficit financing pro- 

We have also seen changes in man^ 
other areas. Today we have a greater* 
number of men to choose from for outi 
pastoral needs. Quality men are not as <i\v 
ficult to find. Opportunities for church 
planting are also more plentiful. This helps 
us to be more selective in choosing points 
that have the most potential. Young men 

Home Missions 

have been elected to our Home Missions 
board. Their new ideas and experiences 
represent a good change. 

You have been here 31 of the Council's 
41 years. Have we really gained church- 
planting experience in those 31 years? 

Yes! But, as they say, "Experience is a 
good teacher but the 'tests' can be 
difficult." We have gained experience over 
the years in a number of areas, some of 
which have already been mentioned: 
selection of points, selection of men, and 
financing church buildings. At one time we 
financed both properties and buildings 
with the local church paying only interest 
on their debt. Today we've developed to 
the place where the church has equity 
before we get into large financial pro- 
grams. We also try to evaluate the group's 
ability to repay a loan before getting in- 
volved in a loan. 

Our experience is also helping us to give 
better direction concerning church 
growth. We are training our men to be 
goal oriented and are more carefully 
evaluating results. We expect churches to 

(progress within certain time frames and 
base many of our decisions on their 
growth patterns. Experience has improved 
our communication channels and we are 
how more effectively working with districts 
jand "mother" churches and we are en- 
couraging their efforts. 


ow about churches? You have made a 
career in the church-planting business. 
IWhy is K that some churches make it and 
others don't? 

To sum it up in two words it is "the man." 
Churches are built around a man 
regardless of what we would like to think, 
t takes a special kind of man to build a 
:hurch. He must be called of God to be a 
Jioneer. He must have a burden for the 
est and have a love for people. He must 
lave the proper training and preparation. 
He needs a degree of business acumen, a 

spirit of cooperation, a goal for his life, the 
ability to lead, and the unique quality of 
being able to just do the job regardless of 
who gets the credit, remembering God 
keeps the books. 

What might be some other factors in ad- 
dition to the pastor? 

Another factor would be the people the 
pastor has with which to start a church. In 
the past some Home Missions churches 
were started from church splits or from 
people who couldn't get along in another 
church or denomination. Today we try to 
stay away from those situations and favor 
groups which are sold out to reaching lost 
souls for Christ. 

I suppose the third factor would be the 
locality or neighborhood where the church 
is started. As an example, one year we 
picked up a church started by a district. 
After we became involved with this point 
we surveyed the community and found 
that about 90 percent of the residents 
were Seventh-Day Adventists. So we end- 
ed up selling the church to them. Crowing 
"ripe" areas is the key. 

We have a lot of big churches that can 
do church planting on their own. Is there 
a current need for Brethren Home Mis- 

Yes, an outside organization is a definite 
advantage to a church endeavoring to 
build, finance and operate a branch 
'church. The Brethren Investment Founda- 
tion is a great help in professionally 
directing loanable funds to growing 
churches needing construction financing. 
In dealing with personnel problems, an 
outside organization can deal with the 
problems rather than leave them in the 

Have we saturated the market for church 

No, we have not saturated the market 
and we never will. The Lord will come 
before that time! If the Lord tarries, I'm op- 
timistic that the decade of the eighties will 
be the greatest decade in our history. We 
are geared up for effective church planting. 
The services of the Brethren Investment 
Foundation and the Brethren Building 
Ministries combined with the expertise of 
the Council's administrative staff equip us 
well for an effective and efficient ministry. 

Frank, let me close this interview with a 
personal question. What do you attribute 
to your faithfulness here at Brethren 
Home Missions? What has kept you here 
for 31 years? 

The Lord Himself kept me here 31 years. I 
felt first of all it was a definite call of the 
Lord to serve Him. I don't think the Lord 
changes His mind. Therefore, I felt no 
leading to change jobs, although I would 
not say Satan didn't tempt at times to 
"jump ship." I love my Lord, I love my work 
and I love my wife. With these ingredients 
how could I improve upon my position. I 
also love my church, Winona Lake Grace 
Brethren, which has ministered to me and 
challenged me to stick to serving the Lord. 

Frank, thanks for faithfully serving our 

Dear... (Your name), 

Thanks for the memories! 

I am not quite sure how to address so 
many wonderful people I have met per- 
sonally, corresponded with, and talked to 
on the phone. The number would run 
into thousands and includes present and 
former staff members, present and 
former board members, present and 
former members of the FCBC, and a host 
of business representatives who called 
upon me during the years 1949-1980. 

It has been an "unforgettable 
experience" serving the Lord in Brethren 
Home Missions these years and a very 
enjoyable one as well. I have seen a lot 
of prayers answered and a lot of 
"miracles" take place that could only be 
the work of a Holy God. I am grateful to 
Him for giving me this opportunity to 
serve in Brethren Home Missions. 

New and exciting things are happening 
in Brethren Home Missions every day. So 
many of you have fond memories of a 
part you have had in assisting a Brethren 
Home Missions church and when I think 
of all the Home Missions churches 
started in the last 31 years, I can only say 
"Thanks for the memories." May God 
bless you with a lot of wonderful 
memories to retire on. 

Yours in Christ, 


Frank and Alta Poland 

A New 
Lighthouse - 

by Pastor Warren E. Tamkin 

Grace Brethren Church 
Island Pond, Vermont 

The Grace Brethren Church of 
Island Pond, Vermont, the se- 
cond Grace Brethren Church in 
this very needy area of New 
England, broke ground for its 
new building on Sunday after- 
noon, October 19. This was the 
culmination of much prayer and 
work over a period of many 

I arrived on the field here the 
first week in April, with my fami- 
ly following in early June after 
the close of the school year. 
We were able to buy a large 
house in town with a large living 
room. This soon became a 
home for the pastor, the first of- 
fice of the church, and a meeting 
place for our midweek service as 
well as the youth. We have con- 
tinued to use the local elemen- 
tary school auditorium for our 
Sunday morning services and are 
most thankful for this facility, 
since absolutely nothing else is 

Following national conference 
our congregation was challenged 
with two important financial 
goals. First, it was necessary for 
us to raise $5,000 to care for our 
land payment. Then we needed 
to substantially increase our 
weekly giving in order to sustain 
even a modest building program. 
Praise the Lord, both of these 
were done by the middle of 

September with a total offering 
of $8,100 available in our ^ 
building fund. 

A beautiful 10-acre plot of land 
had been bought during the 
summer, and plans for a first unit 
building were completed. The 
building permits moved through 
both the state and local levels in 
excellent time and the Home 
Missions Council gave final per- 
mission to proceed with building. 
Limited funds at the Brethren In- 
vestment Foundation prohibited 
us from receiving a BIF loan, but 
the Lord met our need with a 
local bank lending us the con- 
struction funds as 12.5 percent 
interest. A very fine contract 
price was given by a local 
builder with a completion date 
before Christmas Sunday. 

Groundbreaking Sunday was a 
bit dreary on the outside with 
some threats of rain in the morn- 
ing. But the afternoon was clear 
and with our own congregation, 
the many Brethren from our 
sister church in Irasburg, Ver- 
mont, and some local visitors, 
we had 106 for this special ser- 

Greetings were extended from 
Rev. James Hunt, the Grace 
Brethren church planter in Ver- 
mont, who was the first pastor of 
both the Irasburg and Island 
Pond churches. Then Rev. John 
Snow, pastor of our nearby 

Irasburg Grace Brethren Church, 
brought greetings from the 
district and his own congrega- 

The pastor and the three elders 
of the congregation turned over 
the first spades of dirt followed 
by the builder and the vice presi- 
dent of the bank. 

The building is now going up 
swiftly and all over the area peo- 
ple are asking about this "new 
church group." Without a 
building our visability has been 
low in even our small communi- 
ty, but now all are coming to a 
knowledge of our existence. We 
covet the prayers of the Grace 
Brethren people across America 
for this most needy area of New 
England and for us in these days 
of really building a lighthouse for 
Christ, His Word, and for the 
Grace Brethren Church in our 
town and surrounding 

Vermont Brethren 
gather for 
Island Pond 




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David's Counsel 
on Building 
God's Church 

by Dr. Lester E. Pifer 

Executive Secretary 
David's desire to build the 
House of God correlates 
beautifully with the Home Mis- 
sions effort to build Brethren 
churches across this nation and 
in Canada. Time after time 
David acknowledges the leader- 
ship of the Lord and His recogni- 
tion of the enormity of the task. 
His counsel to his son Soiomor 
should never be minimized in 
getting the project underway. 
". . . Be strong and of good 
courage, and do it: fear not, nor 
be dismayed: for the Lord Cod, 
even my Cod, will be with thee; 
he will not fail thee, nor forsake 
thee, until thou hast finished all 
the work for the service of the 
house of the Lord" (1 Chron. 
28:20). Spoken out of long ex- 
perience, out of great faith in a 
Cod who had proven Himself 
many times over, and with the 
promise and direct inspiration of 
Cod, his message must have 
made a tremendous impact upor 
the heart and soul of Solomon. 
In Chapter 29 David continues 
with his encouragement and I 
direction to Solomon. He 
reminds him of the enormity of 
the task (v. 1), the personal goal 
and purpose (v. 2), and his per- 
sonal example and sacrifice (w. 
3-4). David then challenges the 
people: ". . . who then is willing 
to consecrate his service this day 
unto the Lord?" (v. 5). Amazing- 
ly, his response came first from 
the leadership, "the chief of the 
fathers and princes." The nature 
of their response was, "offered 
willingly." David's message and 
personal example was followed 
by a ready response from the 
people. "Then the people rejoic- 
ed, for that they offered willingli 
. . ." (v. 9). David gratefully re- 
joiced at the "perfect heart, will-] 
ing response" and "blessed the 


Lord before all the congregation" 
(w. 9-10). 

David's message, his personal 
example and the work achieved 
with his leadership and people 
set an excellent pattern before 
us in the work of Brethren Home 
Missions. Like the building of the 
Temple, our task of evangelizing 
North America can be over- 
whelming, but not greater than 
our Lord! Christ will, and is 
building His church! 

As we enter 1981, God has 
given us much to rejoice in. The 
progress of the work in Alaska 
with the Anchorage church going 
self-supporting so soon after the 
dedication of their building is 
amazing. Plans are set for 
developing Homer during this 
current year and looking to 
Wasilla, Alaska, as a possible 
fourth mission point. 

The Navajo missionaries have 
seen continued progress in New 
Mexico and Arizona. Our Nava- 
jo Boarding School, with over 
125 students, is beginning their 
second semester of a mini-high 
school with 13 students. A sixth 
Navajo church is now underway 
at Kaibito, Arizona. Additional 
missionary housing and person- 
nel has helped us face the 
challenges of 1981. 

The New England States, for so 
many years closed to the Grace 
Brethren Church, is now an open 
door. The breakthrough which 
God has given for the conser- 
vative Bible-teaching church is 
thrilling. Our two Vermont 
churches are solid, growing 
works. Both are meeting in their 
own buildings and are reaching 
their communities for Christ. 
Bible classes in Canada, other 
areas of Vermont and in New 
Hampshire give promise of 
churches yet to be born. 

Thirteen Home Missions 
churches went self-supporting 

during 1980. Praise the Lord for 
this new record! , 

God's provision for our finan- 
cial needs has been met month 
by month. Our annuities have 
now passed the million dollar 
mark, a wonderful provision for 
the future. 

Our Home Missions pastors are 
becoming pace-setters. We are 
thrilled at the personal goals in 
the areas of faith, leadership and 
discipleship that have been 
achieved. There is much to 
praise the Lord for. Thanks to 
God who has so marvelously ap- 
plied the wisdom, power and 

The challenge of the 1981 
budget, now passing the million 
dollar mark, the 52 new church- 
es in our Bountiful Harvest pro- 
gram, and the need for trained 
personnel spells out the 
greatness of our task. Like 
David, we need a plan for ac- 
complishing our task. We need 
a master plan for church- 
planting-a plan just as detailed 
as the "blueprint" for building the 
House of God. 

Aggressively pursuing a goal of 
52 new Grace Brethren churches 
by 1984, the administrative staff 
of the Brethren Home Missions 
Council has claimed 12 objec- 
tives for 1981. Exceeding the an- 
niversary planning process, these 
objectives are embedded in 
hours of intense meetings. Input 
from Home Missions pastors 
helped to shape the objectives 
and gave us practical strategies 
for accomplishment. After 
several months of refinement the 
Council is ready to ask you to 
participate in our objectives. 


1. Reach 1981 schedule of 12 
new churches as part of "A 
Bountiful Harvest" program- 
starting 52 new Grace 
Brethren churches by 1984. 

2. Develop one or two strong 
Bible classes or churches in 

3. Strengthen church selection 
process, concentrating on 
productive, community- 
minded churches, with 
evangelistic priorities. 

4. Improve pastoral benefits, 
training and recruitment 

5. Improve the Pastoral 
Achievement Program, 
stressing realizable objec- 

6. Win, baptize and bring 1000 
people into the membership 
of Home Missions churches. 

7. Attract $900,000 in offerings. 

8. Strengthen the stewardship 
ministries and deferred giv- 
ing program. 

9. Generate $500,000 of new 
deposits in the Brethren In- 
vestment Foundation. 

10. Stimulate a positive 
discipleship program for 
leadership and future pastors 
in Brethren Home Missions 

11. Aggressively and prayerfully 
seek a pattern of two new 
states for the Grace Brethren 
Fellowship per year-produc- 
tive churches, strategically 
located, community-minded. 

12. Encourage designated per- 
sonal support of Brethren 
Home Missions ministries. 

The challenge of David, ". . . 
who then is willing to consecrate 
his service this day unto the 
Lord?" has already been 
answered by Brethren across this 
nation. The responses that we 
received throughout 1980 in- 
dicate that Grace Brethren 
believers are strongly committed 
to the expansion of Christ's 
church in the United States and 

This year, more than ever, we 
need your wholehearted sup- 
port. The task is great, but our 
Lord is greater. Begin this new 
year by joining us in prayer for 
new works being established, 
continued growth among our 
current churches and our 12 ob- 

Indiana Brethren join together to dedicate New Albany property. 

by Pastor Russ Simpson 

Grace Brethren Church 
New Albany, Indiana 

With unflinching resolve the In- 
diana District Mission Board took 
an unusual step of faith. In 1978 
they sent Pastor Russ Simpson 
on a full-time basis to New 
Albany, Indiana, to start a work 
with just five other people. The 
Fred Nieter and Rick Misner 
families could not have been 
better stock for the rough road 
ahead. Knowing that over 80 
percent of church growth comes 
from inviting friends and 
relatives, one could immediately 
see our problem— we were all 
just recently implanted to the 
area and did not have a single 
relative there among us. Never- 
theless, there was no doubt in 
anyone's mind that this was the 
will of Cod. 

God moved on countless 
numbers of individuals to pray 
for us. The Indiana Men's group 
mobilized to come down and 
help us canvass. Youth groups 
and Sunday school classes came 
to minister to us from our sister 
churches. Gifts of hymnals, 
audiovisual equipment, and 
money for land poured in from 
WMCs, Sunday schools, and 

private individuals. Home Mis- 
sions took us under their wing in 
cooperation with the Indiana 
District Mission Board. This was 
another great step of faith 
because we still were not very 
big. God used all these things to 
encourage us, and His timing, of 
course, was supernatural. Know- 
ing people were praying and car- 
ing buoyed our faith. 

God was building His Church in 
New Albany. The script, 
however, would not have been 
written by any of us. By 
February 1980, major reverses 
and trials had decimated our size 
all in a five-month period. Had 
we not grown while losing at- 
tenders, we would have had 
even less than our 13 average in 
February 1980. Clinging to the 
promise of Galatians 6:9, we car- 
ried on. 

God blessed abundantly these 
past eight months. What did not 
work before is suddenly produc- 
tive, even door-to-door canvass- 
ing. We were permitted to 
remove a back wall in our 
rented facility to accommodate 
the larger crowds. New local 
visitors are coming nearly every 
Sunday. Giving has skyrocketed 
more than making up for those 

dismal first months. Attendance 
has risen 120 percent. We are 
beginning to dust off our dreams 
that had to be shelved earlier 
this year. If God should con- 
tinue to bless, we should be able 
to draw even with our five-year 
self-support pace by June of 
1981! There is an air of excited 
expectation as we watch what 
God is accomplishing in our 

October 20, 1980, we had our 
land dedication. The support 
behind this work was evident as 
people from across Indiana and 
Kentucky came to rejoice with 
us. This land dedication 
represents the culmination of 
two years of intense searching 
before God directed us to a land 
owner whom He had prepared. 
A beautiful sign was donated and 
erected on the property. The 
local newspaper put us on the 
front page and an offering of 
$300 was received. Praise His 
Holy Name! 

Much is ahead of us, but we 
have learned that God will be 
with us. His strength sustains us 
through the valleys. "And let us 
not be weary in well doing: for 
in due season we shall reap, if 
we faint not" (Gal. 6:9). 






















































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tunately, our funds limit this potential service. .The 
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From the Fellowship of Grace Brethren Churches 

DWith an all-church potluck, which followed the 
morning worship service on Sunday, Nov. 16, the 
Grace Brethren Church of Norwalk, Calif., 
celebrated the mortgage burning of their $100,000 
loan from the Brethren Investment Foundation for 
their fellowship hall. Art Adams led in the service 
where Helen Soverns, Russ Comer, and Knute 
Selmanson had the privilege, on behalf of the 
whole church, of burning the document. The effort 
was also a birthday party for "shut in" Ray Runyon, 
who was a member of the church when they 
moved from Los Angeles to Norwalk, 25 years ago. 
Dr. Nickolas Kurtaneck, pastor. 

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our toll-free number— all states except Indiana, 
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D Wendell Kent, Waynesboro, Pa., received the 
Master of Science degree in Human Relations from 
Shippensburg State College in December, 1980. 
The study program was designed for those who 
wish "to embrace the counseling point of view in 
order to facilitate their professional relationships." 
Wendell is presently serving as personnel coor- 
dinator at Quincy Nursing Home, Quincy, Pa., and 
supplying area pulpits. 

DA new Grace Brethren Church is being organized 
in Cape Coral, Fla. An average of 35 people are at- 
tending regularly. The first communion service was 
held on Oct. 26, 1980, with 29 in attendance. Milt 
Ryerson, pastor. 

DOn Nov. 16, 1980, "The Watchman," an 18-voice 
men's chorus directed by Terry White with his wife, 
Sharon as pianist, from Wooddale Baptist church in 
Minneapolis, presented a program of sacred music 
and testimony at the Winona, Minn., Grace 
Brethren Church. Larry Richeson, pastor. 

D Pastor James Dixon is helping to oversee two 
new potential churches, with staff members from 
the Grace Brethren Church of Greater Washington, 
Md.; the church Rev. Dixon pastors. One church is 
in the Waldorf area, and the other is in the 
Frederick area. 

D Going to Florida? A directory of our Florida Grace 
Brethren Churches is available from the Herald Co. 
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time of services. The address and phone number of 
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Box 544, Winona Lake, Ind., 46590. 

□The Penn Valley Grace Brethren Church of 
Telford, Pa. (William Tweeddale, pastor) celebrated 
the two-hundredth birthday of the Sunday school in 
a most unusual way. With 400 people in atten- 
dance on Oct. 5, 1980, they celebrated with the 
"world's largest birthday cake"-212 feet long! 
Sunday school superintendent, Howard Kearns and 
assistant, John Kile, worked very hard for this 
special occasion. The birthday cake baking was 
under the supervision of Mrs. Eileen Landes. 


Hearty congratulations to, and may God's blessings rest always 
upon, these new families who join the Brethren Missionary 
Herald readership, A six-month free subscription to the Herald is 
given to newlyweds whose addresses are supplied by the of- 
ficiating minister. 

Maureen Worrell and Ed Zottolo, Sept. 16, Grace 

Brethren Church, Temple Hills, Md. 

Carol Ausband and Steve Youtz, Sept. 20, Grace 

Brethren Church, Myerstown, Pa. 

Mary Pedroza and Alex Blanco, Sept. 20, Grace 

Brethren Church, Long Beach, Calif. 

Lisa Bibey and Jeffrey Mohler, Sept. 27, Grace 

Brethren Church, Middlebranch, Ohio. 

Jane Eichelberger and Mike Wilson, Sept. 27, Grace 

Brethren Church, Myerstown, Pa. 

Tammie McCasland and Jim Henshaw, Sept. 27, 

Grace Brethren Church, Long Beach, Calif. 

Rhonda Wagner and Van Hook, Sept. 27, Grace 

Brethren Chruch, Long Beach, Calif. 

Nancy Harrison and Gene Helms, Oct. 4, Grace 

Brethren Church, Temple Hills, Md. 

Kim Maust and David Donaldson, Oct. 4, Summit 

Mills Brethren Church, Meyersdale, Pa. 


Dr. Robert B. Collitt, stewardship counselor for the 
Grace Brethren Missions Stewardship Service, will 
be speaking at the following Grace Brethren 

Grace Brethren Church, Marietta, Ga.; Jan. 
18-21 -Dean Fetterhoff, pastor. 

Grace Brethren Church, Ormond Beach, Fla.; Jan 
25-28-Gary Cole, pastor. 

Grace Brethren Church, Maitland, Fla., Feb. 1-4 
R. Paul Miller, pastor. 

Grace Brethren Church, Orlando, Fla.; Feb. 
8-11 -Edward Jackson, pastor. 


Death notices must be 
submitted in writing by 
the pastor. 

BAKER, Phenomenal, 85, Oct. 17, 1980, a faithful 
member of the Grace Brethren Church of West Kit- 
tanning, Kittanning, Pa. Services were conducted by 
the Revs. Robert Williams and Donald Rough. 
Richard Cornwell, pastor. 

BAUSERMAN, Elva, 94, Nov. 4, 1980, a faithful 
member of the Bethel Brethren Church, Berne, Ind. 
Mrs. Bauserman was saved and baptized at the age 
of 80. Larry Edwards, pastor. 
BUNCH, Annie, 88, Nov. 6, 1980, Leon Brethren 
Church, Leon, Iowa. Glen Welborn, pastor. 
DEEMER, Wayne, 52, May 8, 1980, Leon Brethren 
Church, Leon, Iowa. Glen Welborn, pastor. 
CITTINGER, Marjorie, 71, Sept. 2, Leon Brethren 
Church, Leon, Iowa. Glen Welborn, pastor. 
MARKER, lames, Dec. 9, 1979, Grace Brethren 
Community Church, West Alexandria, Ohio. Percy 
Miller, pastor. 

SKINNER, Harry, 86, Nov. 8, 1980, Hackberry Hill 
Grace Brethren Church, Arvada, Colo. Dayne Nix, 
pastor. Mr. Skinner served faithfully for nearly 70 
years in Grace Brethren Churches in North Long 
Beach and Bellflower, Calif., and Denver and 
Arvada, Colo. 

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DThe zip code for the Grace Brethren Church, 
Irasburg, Vt., should be 05845. D Gary Cole, 22 
Soco Trail, Ormond Beach, Fla. 32074. D The new 
phone number for Arnold Kriegbaum is 

n The Grace Brethren Church of Simi Valley, Calif., 
pastored by John Gillis, is continuing to grow steadi- 
ly. Their "new" sanctuary is already outgrown, 
necessitating two services, totaling about 600 peo- 
ple. Now they are thinking about another new sanc- 
tuary to seat about 1,500. Recently employed by 
the church was a youth pastor, Brian Roseborough; 
and a music director, Tom Gale. 

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And What Did You Do 

on Furlough? 

Margaret Hull has been 
serving in the Central 
African Republic for 15 
years. She has been active in 
nursing on the field and is 
now engaged full-time in 
working with African girls. 

by Margaret Hull 

As 1 was sitting here in the 
sun this morning, I thought 
that I would like to share 
some of the highlights of my 
furlough thus far. There's no 
way I could detail them for 
you in order of importance or 
pleasure, so I'll just tell you 
about them as they come to 

Now that I'm several months 
removed from it, I can say 
that I enjoyed summer school 
at Grace Seminary in the 
Graduate School of Missions 
program. It was hard work 
but good to get my brain into 
low gear, chugging and 
pulling out thoughts I had 
never slowed down to 
consider before. I'm thankful 
for godly, gifted men who 
teach there and for the 
missionaries and mission 
leaders who were my fellow 

students. It was enriching to 
interact with them. I'm ' 
looking forward to another 
summer term before I head 
back to the Central African 

I enjoyed October in 
Pennsylvania. Was this the 
most beautiful fall ever? 
Were the leaves more brilliant 
this year? I thought of a 
poem about leaves I had 
learned in college, how the 
leaves "ache and sigh and all 
but cry with color." It 
seemed this way to me. 

I enjoyed visiting Grace 
Brethren churches in Ohio 
and Pennsylvania. I liked 
sharing with them the good 
news of what God has done 
and is doing in the Central 
African Republic. I liked the 
feeling of warmth, of being 
loved and cared about, of 
being someone special to 
them. I was thankful to note 
enthusiastic support of 
Brethren missions in most of 
the churches I visited. 

It's been great being back in 
my home church in Phoenix, 
Arizona, now. I thought last 
Sunday, as I slipped into a 
pew and bowed my head in 
the quietness of soft organ 
music, "How good it is to 
know God and to worship 
Him in quietness, so different 
from my home church in 

The libraries and bookstores 
provide much pleasure for 
me. I think I have an 
addiction to books, and ifs an 
expensive habit! But it's neat 
to have so many good books. 
I have trouble choosing which 
books to read! 

Watching and participating 
in the government change has 
been exciting. It seemed odd 
that government officials 
could be changed peacefully, 
just by voting. No coups, no 
firing squads, no house 

I'm glad the Phoenix 

Symphony is off strike now. 
I'm looking forward to their 
programs and also to some of 
the plays being presented at 
Arizona State University. 

Attending the Southwestern 
convention of the Association 
of Christian Schools 
International (held in Phoenix) 
was enjoyable. Dr. Roy 
Lowrie and Dr. James Braley 
made me jealous for 
something like this kind of 
education for our youth and 
children in the C.A.R. 

At the Arizona State Fair, 
my sister Ruth and I had a 
great time. We watched the 
judging of the Grand 
Champion Ewe, a fashion 
show of dresses made by the 
models, and enjoyed the 
many arts and crafts exhibits 
in the children's building. 
After careful consideration, 
we decided that our wildest 
midway ride would be the big 
ferris wheel. 

I'm enjoying being with my 
family. This morning two-and 
one-half-year-old Junior came 
over with his cat. It seems he 
wanted me to take out the 
"splinters." Dego (the cat) 
had had surgery, and it was 
time to remove the stitches. 

Friday night I went with 
friends to Christian High's 
football game. I doubt they 
will ask me again. It was only 
with much yelling and 
screaming on my part that I 
helped the team on to a 
touchdown in the final minute 
of the game. Our team won 
by one point! 

I've seen so many parts of 
America in my travels, so 
many uniquely American 
activities this furlough. It 
makes me grateful and 
thankful to God for His many 
blessings. It reminds me that 
when we say that God loves 
the world, it is the people of 
the world we are talking 
about— each one special to 


Teachers Needed! 

by Carol Mensinger 

Hey! I hear you have to go 
back to Africa early! 

Wrong. I want to go back 

Whaf s the matter? Don't you 
like it here in the States? 

Are you kidding? I love it! 
Being with my family and friends, 
traveling around in my mom's 
Camaro, meeting a lot of 
beautiful Brethren people, I'm 
having a great time! 

So why are you leaving then? 

Because there's another love 
thafs a big part of my life in 
Central Africa. For the past nine 
years I have been teaching at the 
James Cribble High School at 
Yaloke, a Brethren high school 

for African young people. This 
school and its students have 
come to mean a lot to me. I 
was getting along fine here this 
summer, but school began in 
October and with each letter 
from students and teachers that I 
received, the tug toward Yaloke 
got stronger. 

There are 107 students 
enrolled at our school this fall. 
They are working hard; they 
have told me so themselves and 
the teachers verify that this is 
true. However, not all is well. 
To quote one student, "We are 
sad because we have no math 
classes. So we are praying that 
Cod will bring you back soon, so 
we can learn the math lessons 
for this year." 

wherever I have gone, I have 
presented the need for a math 
teacher. Many have prayed for 
this problem since I arrived in 
the States in June. I had 
someone else in mind for the 
job, but it looks as if the Lord is 
putting His hand on me to 
answer this need, and I'm glad. I 
miss the students and the 
challenge of being involved in 
their lives, and am looking 
forward to returning just as soon 
as possible. 

This way I can be on hand to 
begin the second trimester. 

It will mean a lot of work for 
the students and me, but the 
Lord will help us because this is 
what He has worked out. 

Perhaps another reason why 
the Lord allowed me to be 
home this year was in order to 
spread the word that we need 
help on our teaching staff at 
James Cribble High School as 
well as in other areas of youth 
ministries. The school is a 
cooperative effort between the 
African church and the Mission 
with both African and missionary 
teachers. As we look ahead to 
next year we will be short on 
both sides. 

Why? What's happening next 

Something very exciting! A 
new Brethren seminary is 
beginning at Bible Center, 
offering training for African 
pastors at a higher level than 
ever. We at Yaloke are happy 
for this advancement, but this 
new school will affect several of 
the personnel at Yaloke. The 

Yaloke School of Theology will 
be transferring to Bible Center to 
become a part of the new 
seminary. So teachers and 
students from the Yaloke School 
of Theology who once helped 
considerably in the high school 
program will no longer be 
available to do so. 

There are several possible 
solutions to this dilemma of a 
teacher shortage. Increasing the 
number of African teachers 
would increase tuition 
considerably. (However, as we 
increase tuition, enrollment 
sometimes decreases so we still 
do not have sufficient funds for 
salaries.) We could appeal to 
our friends in Europe to find 
French-speaking teachers. (But 
under the new policy, these 
missionaries must have total 
support, either from Europe or 
America before leaving for the 
field.) Another possible solution 
might lie in the many qualified 
Brethren teachers in the States. 
That would seem the obvious 
place to seek help. 

This furlough I have had 
contact with American young 
people through camps, national 
youth conference, missionary 
conferences. Christian schools, 
and local churches. It is 
fascinating to see what is being 
done to reach young people in 
the United States. It makes me 

wonder how much more could 
be done for the multitude of 
Central African youth, if 
someone of vision and ability 
would feel God's call to come 
and work in the C.A.R. 

The African young people are 
begging for people to work with 
them and teach them. Thafs 
why I'm going back early. God 
has given me wonderful rest and 
a time of refreshing here in the 
States, but I'm really getting 
anxious to be in Africa. 

But why should I have all the 
blessings? If you are a high 
school teacher interested in 
being a part of a youth ministry 
in Central Africa, please pray 
about the possibility. 

The young people in Africa 
need you. Hope to see some of 
you over there soon! 

If God places a burden for this 
work on your heart, He will also 
help you learn a new language. 
True, an American teacher could 
not be on hand to help with the 
crisis next fail, but if we knew 
that help was on the way, a 
temporary solution could be 
worked out. If you are 
interested in this ministry, write 
to Carol Mensinger, B.P. 240, 
Bangui, Central African Republic, 
or Brethren Foreign Missions, 
P.O. Box 588, Winona Lake, 
Indiana 46590. 

Changes, . . Changes, 

by Jesse Deloe 

The year of 1981 will be one of change; it 
will bring change into the experience of all of 
us. Changes— some good, some bad; some 
planned, some unexpected. After all, we live 
in a constantly changing world. 

There are frequent changes in the political 
realm; in our own country just now we are 
seeing the peaceful transition of government 
leadership. In other countries the changes 
may not be so peaceful. 

There are changes within the professing 
church and within our own Fellowship of 
churches— changes of organizational structure 
sometimes, changes of focus or emphasis, 
changes of leadership. 

But some things never change. 

The economic situation seems only to 
continue along in its accelerated pace of 
inflation- no change there. 

The moral climate certainly is not turning 
for the better but continues on its downward 
path— faster all the time. 

International tensions have not suddenly 
been lessened. Each month brings another 
problem threatening the "final" war. Such a 
threat seems to be constant. 

The nature of man has not changed either. 
He is still bound by sin. Thinking he has 
achieved intellectual heights never before 
reached, feeling he has reached an unheard 
of state of moral freedom, and convinced he 
is developing a new and just society with 
equality for all, he does not recognize his 
bondage to sin. Crime, immorality, family 
instability-all demonstrate the unchanging 

nature of humankind— sinful. 

But, neither has Cod changed! Or His 
grace! He still is "not willing that any should 
perish, but that all should come to 
repentance" (2 Peter 3:9). The gospel of 
Jesus Christ continues valid and effectual. 
". . . it is the power of God unto salvation to 
everyone that believeth . . ." (Rom. 1:16). 

The responsibility of the Church has not 
changed. There have been dozens of new 
translations of His words since Jesus uttered 
the Commission, but the command is the 
same: "Go ye into all the world, and preach 
the gospel to every creature" (Mark 16:15). 

The means for bringing change into the 
lives of men has not changed either. Only 
the Gospel can effect changes. Only the 
preaching of His Word, accompanied by the 
power of the Holy Spirit, can bring new life 
to the old man. 

What needs to change in 1981, then, is not 
the message nor the means, but the concern 
of God's people. There needs to be a 
resurgence of God's love through His people, 
a love that willingly sacrifices in order to do 
His will and serve Him. There needs to be a 
change in attitude; about the goal and 
purpose of the Church. 

That goal and purpose is not only to 
worship quietly in the beautiful sanctuary or 
fellowship with the saints for mutual 
edification; it's also to ". . . make disciples of 
all the nations, baptizing them . . . teaching ■■ 
them to observe all that I commanded you * 
. . ." (Matt. 28:19-20 NASB). 


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Praise God for growth in the Grace 

came ". . . to seek and to save that which 

Brethren Church in the USA! Hallelujah for 

was lost" (Luke 19:10). So does the 

increasing numbers of believers on our 

missionary. Missions must never lose its 

mission fields (twice as many Brethren 

passion for souls. It all begins with leading 

overseas as in the U.S.)! But what about the 

people to Christ. 

hundreds and thousands of reachable, but 

The next step is discipling men. Our Lord's 

unsaved people within the fields where we 

command was "to make disciples." That 

presently minister? 

involves teaching and training— training in the 

Lefs be reasonable and practical in our 

Word and in service. And for training, it 

consideration of the "impossible" task of 

takes special men. 

reaching the world's population for Christ. 

Not just any men will do. They must be 

After all, the 280 churches of the FGBC with 

qualified men. Men who have a personal. 

their 40,000 members cannot make a very 

living, growing relationship with the Lord 

big dent in reaching a world of VA billion 

Jesus Christ. 

non-Christians, can we? 

These men must be equipped to reach and 

The secret, though Paul set the pattern and 

teach other men. A man is taught by a man. 

wrote about it centuries ago, is ". . . the 

and then he teaches other men who will 

things which you have heard from me in the 

teach still more men. He learns and teaches 

presence of many witnesses, these entrust to 

"everything 1 have commanded you." 

faithful men, who will be able to teach 

Training is more than just teaching. It's 

others also" (2 Tim. 2:2 NASB). That's what 

learning-by-doing. It's on-thejob. As the 

discipleship is. That's what church planting 

missionary trains others to teach, so does the 

is. Not only evangelism, but training of 

indigenous worker. 

converts. Training in discipleship, leadership. 

Qualified, taught, trained. That's the kind 

in carrying out the body life of the Church. 

of men God is giving us in Brethren Foreign 

Jesus said, "... 1 will build my church 

Missions. Men who will extend the church 

. . ." (Matt. 16:18). How is it to be done? 

all around the world. The year of 1981 will 

It begins with finding men. But men are 

see us continuing to reach and teach such 

not always that easy to find. The cares of 


the world, the pursuit of making a living and 

We've not changed in goal or purpose or 

providing for a family-these are factors that 

means. But we hope to see the world 

make it difficult to find reliable men. 

changed. Changed because Grace Brethren 

It continues with evangelizing men. That's 

people are giving and praying and being 

really the work of missions, isn't it— the 

involved in the change that comes when 

obeying of the Great Commission? Jesus 

Christ is shared with the nations. 

The Teen Missions crew poses in front of the completed camp dormitory. 

for God 
in Brazil 

by Eddie Miller 

How do you sleep 29 young 
people and 5 adults who fly in 
from the United States to spend 
one month in Brazil to help build 
a dormitory for youth camp? 
Well, the first thing you do is 
purchase 34 hammocks at the 
nearest store on the way to the 
camp grounds. That is what 
happened last summer when a 
team of young people from Teen 
Missions in Florida arrived to 
help develop land for a camp. 

It all began over a year ago 
when the Brazilian Youth 
Committee of the Brethren 
Church in Brazil invited Teen 
Missions to send a crew. God 
answered prayer, and after much 
waiting the land was purchased 
and work began to clear the 
land. When the group arrived at 
the site, a temporary kitchen and 
one large tent greeted the 

The team was met at the 
airport by a driver and a large 
bus that took the group and 
their baggage to Castanhal. 
There they visited the Brazilian 
young people who were 
enjoying camp at a rented site. 
After a brief visit and lunch, the 
Americans took off again for 

their destination. The camp site 
was located 90 nniles from Belem 
on the Belem-Brazilia Highway, 
about 4 miles from the town of 
Sao Miquel. We arrived at our 
destination about sundown. 
There was a scramble to unload 
baggage, light kerosene lamps, 
tie up hammocks, and settle in. 

The first few days were spent 
learning how to use machetes to 
clear off the building area, 
hauling water to boil for 
drinking, setting up smaller tents, 
building an "outhouse," and 
digging a garbage pit. 

Our day started at 5:30 a.m. 
and after eight hours of work in 
the tropical sun, a dip in the 
creek was a welcome relief. 
Devotions each night around the 

campfire consisted of singing, 
testimonies, Bible study, and 
prayer. During the month Cod 
worked in the lives of many of 
these kids who made decisions 
to serve the Lord. 

Actual construction on the 
building was slow at first. 
Digging trenches for the 
foundation, breaking up rock, 
mixing concrete with a hoe and 
shovel, and hauling water from 
the creek were time consuming. 
Construction here in Brazil, of 
course, is somewhat different 
from what the young people 
were used to in the States, but 
when the walls started going up, 
work progressed much faster. 
However, keeping 29 teens busy 
all the time was quite a job, too! 

Everyone who helped in the 
project lived in "Tent Town." 

Eddie Miller supervises some of the work. 

The dormitory they built is 22 
feet wide by 62 feet long with a 
cement floor and clay tile roof. 
Needless to say, it was a happy 
occasion when the last tile was 
placed on the roof just a few 
days before it was time for them 
to leave. 

Was it worth all the money 
and effort spent to send this 
team for one month? Yes, it 
certainly was! 

Only the Lord knows how 
many lives were changed during 
that month. But one thing we 
do know is that because of the 
efforts of this team of American 
teens, interest has been stirred 
among the Brazilian young 
people to carry on the work 
started on the camp grounds. 

Recently, a group of 32 young 
people from Belem spent two 
days at the camp site cleaning 
out the creek, painting the 
building, and cleaning off the 
land for a sports area. They 
were excited! 

Praise the Lord for young 
people who are willing to get 
involved in missions. We thank 
Him for Teen Missions and the 
great help they were to us in 

BMH editor's note: The following article is 
an excerpt from a new book, The Com- 
plete Book of Church Growth, written by 
Dr. David Seifert, pastor of (he Big Valley 
Crace Community Church (Modesto, 
Calif); Dr. Elmer Towns and John Vaughn. 
The book is scheduled to be released in 
the spring of 7987 by Tyndale House. 



that Produced 


Elmer Towns 

Ten years ago it was unusual for a church to grow 
without Sunday school buses, contests, or promo- 
tion. But that is not the rule today. Many churches 
are growing by following the simple methods of 
preaching, teaching, and winning souls to Christ. 

Big Valley Grace Community Church, Modesto, 
California, reflects these principles by growing from 
an average attendance of 68 persons in 1976 to 
over 850 in the spring of 1980. 

Recently Dr. David Seifert, pastor, met with the 
deacons and elders of the church in a restaurant to 
discuss why the church has grown so rapidly. The 

Big Valley Grace Community Church, Modesto, Califo^r^ia 

group did not intend to come up with a list, but out 
of the conversation, they wrote 11 decisions on a 
napkin that were the reasons why the church has 
grown so rapidly. 

1 . The church decided to study the growth poten- 
tial of the area. Dave Seifert had been in the Long 
Beach area when the church in Modesto called him 
to come as a pastor. Before accepting the call, 
Seifert told them he had one more thing he wanted 
to do - to make a growth study of the area. Seifert 
indicated, "I want to know the area, the people, 
and the potential of growth." The study was a step 
of faith for the church because it cost $1,200.00. 
The church did not have it and agreed to pay two 
$600.00 payments stretched over six months. 

They found that California has the third lowest 
percent of church membership in the nation. Only 
35 percent of the people in Modesto were 
members of a church which meant that 65 percent 
were unchurched and a candidate for the Gospel. 
But the study covered more than just greater 
Modesto. First, it looked at the potential in the near 
neighborhood and found there were 65,000 un- 
churched people within a 15 minute drive of the 
church. Because there was a potential growth, 
Seifert made a commitment to Modesto. 

Then someone told Seifert that there was already 
a large church in the city. The person went on to 
say that Seifert could not build a large work 
because of the other church. 

Seifert answered, "When I was back in Ohio, I 
learned that corn grew as high on one side of a 
road as on the other." Then he laughed and con- 
tinued, "If you are fishing, you catch fish on both 
sides of the boat, and I believe both congregations 
can build a great church in Modesto, California." 
Finally Seifert suggested that the other large church 
indicated Modesto has a climate for growth 
because it reflected the community had a con- 


sciousness of God and a hunger for the Gospel. 

2. A decision to develop male lay leadership. 

When Seifert canne to Modesto there were six 
deacons in the church. He challenged them to 
meet him every week for a 5:30 a.m. morning Bible 
study. Shortly thereafter another man was added 
and Seifert called them the "magnificent seven." By 
meeting at that hour, he determined their commit- 
ment. They studied the Word of God, prayed, and 
planned to become the church that Cod wanted. 
Their minds were welded together and they agreed 
on the goals of the church. They learned to love 
one another and made future decisions for the 
growth of a church. 

One day they went through the qualifications of 1 
Timothy, chapter 3, determining what were the 
qualifications of an elder. Seifert asked three ques- 

a. Do you believe your life style fits the 
qualifications of a New Testament 

b. Would you like the responsibility of be- 
ing a New Testament elder? 

c. Is there an area in you life that does not 
match the standards of the Word of 
Cod to become an elder? 

Out of those early morning meetings has come 10 
elders and 42 deacons. These have become a team 
of lay leadership to build a church. 

Recently the church began a woman's discipleship 
program and now approximately 150 are involved 
in a program of study and praying. 

3. A decision to change the church's name to im- 
part vision and remove barriers. When Seifert first 
walked into the building he saw the name, Green- 
wood Grace Brethren Church. He asked, "What is 

The men answered him that it was a small sub- 
division. He asked them, "Is that the extent of your 

Seifert feels the name of a church should not com- 
municate limitation or smallness of a vision. When 
traveling through Ohio with his son they saw a 
church named, "Little Washington Congregational 

"What's wrong with that namer Seifert asked his 

"The first word — littler was the boy's answer. 

Seifert agreed. Then he exhorts his congregation 
there is no little church in God's sight. Any church 
where God is working is a big work. Recently a 
pastor came to Seifert indicating he pastored a 
small church in Pennsylvania. 

"Wait a minute" Seifert said to the pastor. "When 
you say a small church you limit your vision. The 
church is the greatest work God has on this earth 
because it is the living organism — the body of Jesus 

Christ on this earth." 

Seifert prayed for a new name for the church in 
Modesto. As he drove a nearby Interstate highway 
he saw the acres of grape vines. He saw a stake in 
the form of a cross on which the vine was stretched 
out. He wanted the church to reflect the Scripture, 
"I am the vine, ye are the branches." And there he 
got his name. Big Valley ... a church right in the 
heart of a big valley. And the logo of the church is a 
vine and branches stretched out on a cross. With 
that insight, the church agreed to change the name 
to impart vision and eliminate barriers. 

With this decision, the church decided to low-key 
denominationalism. Seifert goes on to say, "I love 
the Grace Brethren Church denomination, and 
there is no other group of which I would want to be 
a part. The imperative thing in life is to fellowship 
with people who love Jesus Christ and want to 
know His word." 

4. A decision to saturate the community with the 
Gospel. As Seifert read the New Testament he 
found the early Christians were saturating the city 
of Jerusalem, going from house to house and street 
to street attempting to win people to Jesus Christ. 
The church decided to saturate Modesto. First they 
secured a mailing list of 200 people in the city so 
they could take out a permit to mail to them. They 
began a newspaper. The Big Valley Vine, to adver- 
tise the church. Recently the newspaper was sent 
out to 1 5,000 homes communicating the Gospel 
through pictures, articles, and stories. 

5. A decision to move outside of the four walls of 
the church building. The four walls of a church 
building can become barriers to keep the Gospel in- 
side. The New Testament church was not kept 
within the walls of a building, the people went out 
into the streets carrying the Gospel to their friends. 

When Seifert first came to the church, only about 
30 or 40 people attended prayer meeting. He ac- 
tually thought about doing away with prayer 
meeting. At the same time the church wanted to in- 
augurate an AWANA program for children but 
there was no space. The church loved their children 
but how could they minister to them? The pastor 
went before the deacons and said, "Lefs give the 
church to our children on Wednesday night." 

Because of the early-morning discipleship pro- 
gram, men were willing to become Bible study 
leaders in homes on Wednesday night. Instead of 
having one prayer meeting, the church had four. 
Children came into the church for the AWANA pro- 
gram. Within a few short weeks prayer meeting had 
tripled in attendance because they got the church 
outside of the four walls of the building. 

Later, the church took its Sunday school into sur- 
rounding homes, club houses, and elementary 
schools. They were able to expand because of the 
principle of going outside of the walls of a building. 

6. A decision to surround the pastor with com- 
plementing staff. The first prerequisite to be a staff 
member at the Big Valley Grace Community 
Church is to be Godly. Seifert feels he has the 
greatest team of church secretaries. He did not 
necessarily attempt to find someone who could 
type or fulfill the office skills, although they do that 
well. He was looking for someone to be a fellow 
worker in the ministry of Jesus Christ. 

Pastor Seifert had lunch with Darrel Cummings 
and shared with him his philosophy of ministry 
through music. The young pastor said, "I do not 
primarily want a musician but a man who will 
minister to people through music as an avenue to 
reach people for Christ and build them up in the 

Darrel worked without a salary for six months, ac- 
tually purchasing choir music with his own money 
and built the choir as a ministry. Today Darrel Cum- 
mings is a minister of music on the full-time staff of 
the church. 

7. A decision to launch out and develop a Chris- 
tian school. The church only had a nursery school 
and had added a kindergarten. The people came to 
their pastor and told him their children needed to 
be in a Christian school when they finished 
kindergarten. The people wanted a place where 
their children could grow in Christian grace Mon- 
day through Friday, and not just on Sunday. The 
desire for a Christian school came out of a deep 
need from the people. 

Seifert knew that a Christian school would cost 
the congregation and at times he feels it would be 
easier to not have a Christian school. Seifert knew 
he had to do what God told him. They began a 
Christian school that has expanded their ministry 
and added to their influence. 

8. The church decided to conduct a definite 
stewardship campaign. A consultant met with 
Seifert when the church needed space to grow. As 
a result, the pastor challenged the people with a 
financial plan. According to Seifert, "this way we 
found the people who were really committed to 
the church." The church launched the "Together 
We Build" campaign, and the people were 
challenged to give over and above their regular giv- 
ing for 156 weeks-this meant they gave sacrificial- 
ly. The theme was not "equal gifts" but "equal 
sacrifice." As a result, the church's expansion is be- 
ing paid for in three years. 

9. A decision to expand the early childhood and 
nursery facilities. The nursery was located in a small 
room in the original building. When Seifert first 
came, he walked in and counted only two cribs. He 
realized it was too small for his vision. He envision- 
ed twelve screaming babies in that small room, 
then he realized they would interrupt the church 
service. A decision to provide space for a nursery 
was critical because young couples would not at- 
tend church if they did not have a place for their 

The church bought a modular building for expan- 

sion. Some of the leaders did not like the building 
because of its inferior construction. It was a critical 
decision. Seifert reminded the people that ministry 
was more important than a building. As soon as a 
building was provided for more children, it was fill- 
ed. Then they provided another building for early 
childhood education and that building was filled. 
Then the kindergarten class had to use the overflow 
area of the auditorium for their classroom. 

10. A decision to move forward only in unity. On 

one occasion Seifert remembers when one of the 
men voted "no" in an elders meeting. This was a 
shattering experience for a church that had ex- 
perienced such harmony. 

"Hold it ... we are not unified. Let's wait," Seifert 
said. He explained to the elders that they were not 
moving ahead until they could move ahead in uni- 
ty. The man responded, "Pastor, I am not against 
the program, I just have some questions that were 
not answered." 

"Do you mean that?" Seifert asked. 

They voted 100 percent and moved forward in 

Seifert says that when 10 elders vote "yes" and 42 
deacons agree, it is the mind of the Lord. Recently 
someone came into a church and commented, 
"Don't you ever vote against anything?" 

1 1 . They decided to carry out the Great Commis- 
sion in their area. Seiferf s greatest desire is not to 
be comfortable, nor to please himself, nor to have 
a nice little church that pleases the congregation. 
His greatest desire is to reach out into the com- 
munity. The pastor feels that the church has a 
responsibility to God to carry out the Great Com- 
mission in their community. He feels they can grow 
to become the church God has designed for them. 


Churches grow for a number of reasons and there 
are many contributing reasons why Big Valley 
Grace Community Church is growing. Being 
decisive is one of the reasons and the 11 decisions 
in this church reflect a church that could determine 
the plan of God and follow it. 

Big Valley Grace Community Church 
Yearly Attendance Averages 

1975 1976 1977 1978 1979 1980 

A.M. 59 68 169 349 546 860 

P.M. 37 42 109 183 308 418 

S.S. 60 60 128 218 363 510 


1975 $ 49,235.39 

1976 32,306.18 

1977 108,761.80 

1978 211,014.30 

1979 389,650.49 

GBC Christian Education • Box 365 • Winona Uke, Indiana 46590 • 219/267-6622 

Christian Ed is Where 

One guy finally found where if s at, but then he couldn't remennber 
what he had been looking for. 

Christians identify with that frustration, but only when they're off 
target. Christ is our Lord and our direction too. And 1981 is our greatest 
challenge— today is where ifs at. 

Martin Luther said he would live for only two days, or rather that he 
had only two days on his calendar: today and that day. The day of the 

Check your calendar, and see if yours is similar. 

Knowing that, and that this is a crucial time for our Christian Ed 
ministries and for adult contact and for youth survival, and to raise 
children in the nurture and admonition . . . knowing that it is high time 
. . . lefs be everything Cod would want us to be in doing the great 
ministries of Christian ed in our churches this year: 

1. Mix in with an Adult Bible Fellowship (or Sunday school class, if 
you call it that), and help get them mixing and loving and serving. 
This is where fellowship and "family" happen. 

2. Pray regularly for your class teacher. It makes a big difference in 
the way you listen, and it's remarkable how his teaching will im- 

3. Get a part. Be sure your youth leaders have enough help. Open 
up your home or schedule to help with socials. 

4. Make a big point of helping new people feel at home at church in 

5. Get information on a Mothers' Club, help for single parents, 3-D, a 
parents' enrichment group, or a seniors' or a singles' ministry. 
We'll connect you with the right information and people. 

6. Pray for us at GBC Christian Education. 

Thank You- 

And into the Rest of the '80s 

Thanksgiving and Christmas wrapped quickly into the New Year, and 
on we go. And at GBC Christian Education we thank God continually for 
your love and support, for your gifts and impetus you give to our 
ministries of helping. 

Our hearts are with you in the local church, and our lives in ministry 
too. Our material and suggestions are geared your way. 

And as we begin the second year of the '80s, the decisive decade 
perhaps for all of mankind, we pledge ourselves again to help you in the 
local churches do the work of the ministry, as we together mature in 
Christ, grow in truth, learn to know and choose right over wrong in the 
manner of the Saviour. 

Depending upon you totally for our support, we first depend upon 
Cod totally. We are co-laborers with Him, and we serve with great ap- 
preciation for your gifts and your responses. 

And we wish you a very good New Year of His love and joy. 

in Christian ed, youth, and church growth 

by Annette Brown, Victoria, Australia 

and Ashland GBC ... a bit autobiographical, 

and about a goal of Christian education 

I Finally Became Me 

"I've lost my shadow! 

"I've lost my shadow!" 

It was true. Where my shadow should have 
been, there was nothing, only the bright sidewalk. 

"Look! I have no shadow!" I screamed, terrified. 

"Well, why don't you find itr A cold voice said it. 


"Anywhere. Just look." 

Franctically I searched. . . . 

So many shadows. So many shapes and sizes. 
How could I ever find it?! 

"Excuse me. I know where it is. I'll show you if 
you like." 

I wheeled around to see a tall, strong man 
standing behind me. As I looked into his kind eyes, 
somehow I knew he could show me where my 
shadow was. So I followed. . . . 

We seemed to walk on and on, climbing up steep 
hills and over rocks. 

"Where is it?' I. asked. 

"There," he answered, pointing down at my feet. 

The story of my life. Oh, I didn't lose my 
shadow. I lost something much more 
important— myself. 

Somehow in my effort to be "Miss Cool" for one, 
and "Miss Pious" for another, "Miss Sweet' and 
"Miss Tough," I had lost M£. 

Frantic when I realized, I searched desperately to 
find myself. 

Endless places. 

Endless faces. 

Hopeless searching. 

Deeper hurting. 

Feeling worthless- 
Just a nothing. 

So what happened? 

Jesus Christ. 

Somehow, His reality gave hope to my heart. 
Somehow I knew He had the answer. I can't really 
explain how it happened. Perhaps I remembered 
how much He must have loved me, to suffer as He 
did, or how much worth I must have had in His 
eyes, for Him to die such a painful death so that I 
may go free. I don't know. 

But one thing I do know is that, although ifs hard 
sometimes, I'm with Him, and going His way- 

I know who I am, 
. . . and where I'm heading. 


when your spirit is grieved or you are hurt 

Clear Directions, 

Churches split and people hurt and 
families fight because of a common 

One we can solve. 

Lefs consider how. 

The problem is, failure to confront, 
with resultant failure to forgive. 

The solution is rather personal. 

Cod is clear in Scripture about of- 
fenses and hurts; now we need to 

For sure, we are called to be less 
"offendable." People with that 
famous chip on the shoulder so often 
get hurt, or harbor grudges. We all, 
when selfish, easily take remarks per- 
sonally or get our fur up and get 
ready to attack. Or defend. 

Don't Get Offended So Easily 

"Love covers a multitude of sins," 
and that means overlooking and ac- 
cepting more graciously. 

It's not a matter of developing a 
thick skin, but rather a thick heart. A 
heart like Christ. 



/ Div. 



( AA- 

Myerstown, Pa. 

Luke Kauffman 

A - 

Modesto, Calif. 

Big Valley 

David Seifert 

B - 

Warsaw, Ind. 

David Plaster 

C - 

Columbus, Ohio 

East Side 

Randy Bowman 

D - 

Duncansville, Pa. 

John Gregory 

E - 

Lexington, Ohio 

Dean Risser 

F - 

Modesto, Calif. 


Joel Richards 

C - 

Mission Viejo, Calif. 

Milan Yerkovich 

H - 

Troy, Ohio 

Roy Class 

1 - 

Altoona, Pa. 


James Barnes 

J - 


N. Mex., Heights 

Jonathan Hall 


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Many Christians approach life and 
church activities something like 
Howard Cossell and Fran Tarkenton 
watch the Monday Night Pastors' 
Football Came: to criticize and give 
color comments as others do the ac- 

Even in the Church, it often hap- 
pens. In many situations the workers 
get watched and criticized . . . and 
tire of the imbalance of workers and 
color commentators. 

Looking for mistakes, almost, the 
sideline people find them, for sure. 

Forgetting that the Church is family, 
with love and teamwork essential. 

With that attitude, you look to 
help, not get hurt. Your church life is 

Don't Offend Others 

Some try to, and succeed rather 
well in some cases. 

They are people who carry the 
sword of revenge, and pull it out 
once in a while to strike. A mean 
work, a mistake, a slap, and the duel 

The child of God sees others as 
people to build (Christians) or to 
evangelize (unsaved). He doesn't see 
scalps to collect . . . not that, but 
people to love. 

So his words are gracious, season- 
ed to be tasty (not testy), good for 
the need of the moment. 

Let no unwholesome word pro- 
ceed from your mouth, but only 
such a word as is good for edifica- 
tion according to the need of the 
moment, that it may give grace to 
those who hear (Eph. 4:29 NASB). 
When someone does offend you, 
or if you have a problem with the 
pastor, or if you are carrying a grudge 
against someone . . . the word is 

Go to the Person, If You Are 

Do not pass "Co...." Co directly to 
the person. 

Do not gossip or tell on this person 
on the way. 

Cet the hurt healed. 

You will feel better and so will the 

Lefs be really specific: 
(i.e.) Your wife always leaves the 
dishes on the table when she serves 
dessert. You know ifs little but it 
gripes you. You can't get rid of the 

You've got to say something. 

At the right time, with special care, 
ask: "How can I help you take the 
dishes off so ifs cleaner when we 
have dessertr 

The answer will probably involve 
your help. 

(i.e.) Someone at church has snub- 
bed you in your offer of help for a 
ministry project You are convinced it 
is intentional but you are not sure 
why. You have a careful talk. You've 
got to say something. 

Carefully, and with a view to peace, 
ask the person if there has been a 
hurt or problem between you, and 
share that you wish to serve together 
in Christ. 

(i.e.) You just flat out don't like 
something the pastor is doing, and 
then the church. 

You find yourself going a little less, 
and bowing out of ministries. Your 
smiles on Sundays are not as wide. 
You sit farther back. 

You've got to say something. 

Share your concern with the pastor. 
He can take it. (He had a course in 
seminary on listening and growing!) 
Try, "I'm eager to know your 
thoughts about this program . . ." or, 
"I look back to when you didn't visit 
my mother in the hospital, and it real- 
ly bothers me. Could I know your 
heart on thatr 

Otherwise your fellowship 
together in the Gospel will be getting 
stale, and you will not be fed as in- 
tended on Sundays and by his 

When you're just plain mad at someone 

Good Results 

Of course, he owes you the same. 

What great freedom as in a mar- 
riage, to know that the trust and uni- 
ty factor are good, and to relax in 
love. You know everything is all right 
because the other person did not say 

The norm, too often, is for hurt 
people (hurting too) to hang on, 
barely, and grieve while trying to 
function in the church or family. 

That way, everyone is los- 
ing-Christ, the church, the in- 
dividuals, the family. 

And the effect is damaging. 

We must be caring enough to con- 

How does all this relate to Christian 
education? The teachers and staff are 
a family-team, and need this unity 
and freedom that promotes hard 

_ The Crowing Church 

Pastor Roy Halberg 

River City Grace 
Community Church 

'Cell' concept is a success with River City's 

Fellowship Groups 

In many churches it is easier to become a 
member than it is to be accepted and made to 
feel so. 

One solution to this problem is the develop- 
ment of a variety of smaller groups where a per- 
son can really belong and feel accepted. If he 
feels accepted in this smaller "cell," he'll feel ac- 
cepted in the whole body. 

We've begun a new ministry called "Grace 
Fellowship Croups." These groups meet in 
homes on Wednesday night for singing . . . shar- 
ing .. . Bible study . . . and prayer. 

Some groups have babysitters. One has the 
children cared for at another home nearby. At 
least one group is trying to include the children 
(yes, even preschoolers) with the adults during 
the singing and sharing time . . . last week a four 
year old prayed with us . . . out loud . . . twice! 

People are excited . . . our Wednesday evening 
involvement has doubled . . . new people fit in 
easily and confortably . . . and even the unsaved 
can be invited and reached. 

As an extra, each group meets together for 
lunch after morning worship once a month. Their 
goal ... to invite all visitors to share lunch with 
them and to try to include any "new folks" as 


Churches should not accept 
new people from another church 
unless those people have gone to 
the pastor of that church to seek 
a clear remedy or make clear 
their intentions. 

People who have given thought 
to leaving a church should go to 
the pastor or another pastoral 
leader v^ith their feelings and 
needs. The practice of saying 
nothing and grow//ng or sacrific- 
ing is only damaging: breaking the 

And grieving the Spirit. 

As it stands in many areas, a 
person can be hurt or hurt at one 
church, avoid peace-making 
directives from the Lord, and just 
slip out and show up and become 
active in another church next 

Even when leaving because of 
liberal trends in a church, a can- 
did explanation to the church 
leader might spark thoughts and 
study, if not change. 

Confrontation and this kind of 
openness are hard work, for sure. 
But the work is commanded, and 
the results in love, understanding, 
and appreciation of the diversity 
of the Body of Christ-all these 
make it worth it. 

In the spirit of Christ, lefs care 




is Not Just a Summer 

Operation Barnabas ... a 
summer ministry composed of 
two teams of 28 senior highers 
and 4 adult leaders who travel to 
Grace Brethren churches 
ministering and evangelizing. 

Joanne returned from 
Operation Barnabas this summer 
to her home in Brookeville, 
Maryland. She continued her 
daily devotions, began a Bible 
study with her younger sister, 
and established a time for 
witness in her neighborhood. 
Her family and the Grace 
Brethren Church of Lanham (Md.) 
encouraged her. And, God has 
continued to use this "summer 
missionary." In three months 
following Operation Barnabas, 
nine children and one teen 
accepted the Lord as Saviour 




"••"^^^Plfc^pfcfc-- ^^^* 

Joanne with two OB friends. 

through Joanne's witness in 

Her experience on OB gave her 
confidence to do more in her 
church, and she is now the 
superintendent of the small 
kindergarten department in 
Sunday school. She is a 
substitute leader for children's 
church, and has joined the adult 
choir, in addition to participation 
in youth activities. 

Joanne is a junior at a public 
high school with an enrollment 
of 2,000. Recently, she and a 
Christian friend spoke with their 
principal about beginning a Bible 

study at the school. Presently 
there is no extracurricular 
Christian organization. With the 
principal's encouragement, they 
have secured a Christian 
sponsor/teacher and application 
has been filed with the county 
school board. 

Letters arrive weekly from her 
new "brothers and sisters" of 
OB-newsy letters that are an 
encouragement to Joanne. And, 
new friends that she met on the 
tour from Pennsylvania to 
Vermont also write; some 
needing a bit of encouragement 
from her. 

The message and work of OB 
doesn't end in the summer. It 
has a vital continuing ministry in 
the hearts and lives of those 
who participate. Dave is a 
student in Grace Seminary. So 
are Dan and Scott. And there's 
Dwight. Pete is freshman class 
president at Grace. Steve is 
student body vice president. In 
fact, of the 249 Operation 
Barnabas alumni, well over 100 
are presently preparing for full- 
time Christian service— most of 
them at Grace Schools. 

OB doesn't seek out those high 
schoolers with the greatest 
musical talent, the most gifted 
puppeteers, nor the super 
dynamic speakers. It does ask 
for teens whose spiritual lives are 
solid and are willing to do what 
the Lord wants them to do. 
Praise God, this commitment 
isn't just for "a few weeks." 

Pray for the continuing ministry 
of those who have been 
influenced through this youth 
summer training program. Your 
gifts to GBC Christian Education 
make this ministry possible. 

-A special note of thanks to the 
Brethren Board of Evangelism for 
their continuing financial and 
prayer support for this ministry. 

I am willing Lord ... to be just exactly what You want me to be . . 

I Women Meuiifesting 



Mrs. Dan (Miriam) Pacheco, 413 Kings Highway, Winona Lake, 
Ind. 46590-219/267-7603 

First Vice President 

Mrs. Dean (Ella Lee) Risser, 58 Holiday Hill, Lexington, Ohio 

Second Vice President 

Mrs. James (Triceine) Custer, 2515 Carriage Lane, Powell, Ohio 


Mrs. Fred (Margie) Devan, Jr., 2507 Vancouver Dr., N.W., 
Roanoke, Va., 24012-703/366-2843 

Assistant Secretary 

Mrs. Donald (Marilyn) Weltmer, Route #1, Box 131, Cer- 
randstown, W. Va. 21920-301/229-3920 

Financial Secretary-Treasurer 

Miss Joyce Ashman, 602 Chestnut Avenue, Winona Lake, Ind. 

Assistant Financial Secretary-Treasurer 

Mrs. Bill (Shirley) Stevens, Box 59, R. R. 1, Lake Odessa, Mich. 

Literature Secretary 

Mrs. Ralph (Betty) Hall, Route #3, Box 297, Warsaw, Ind. 


Mrs. Noel (Linda) Hoke, R. R. 1, Hickory Estates, Warsaw, Ind. 

Prayer Chairman 

Mrs. John (Sally) Neely, 121 S. Walnut Street, Troy, Ohio 




A goal of $8,500 has been 
set to refurbish the Grace 
Seminary Lounge. The fur- 
niture is in need of replace- 
ment and many more 
Students enrolled means an 
added need for this facility. 
Also more student mailboxes 
are needed and this is includ- 
ed in the goal. The months 
of December, January, and 
February are set aside to 
reach this goal. Offerings 
should be mailed to national 
WMC financial secretary- 
treasurer by March 10. 

Missionary Birthdays 

MARCH 1981 

{If no address is listed, the address will be found on pages 32, 33, and 34 
of the 1981 Grace Brethren Annual.) 


Miss Carol Mensinger March 6 

Stephanie Pfahler March 23, 1972 

Miss Gail Jones March 31 


Alan Hoyt March 7, 1963 

Greg Robinson March 15, 1972 

Mrs. Mary Hoyt March 12 


Ronald Burk March 15, 1971 

Joseph Johnson March 25, 1975 


Mrs. Doris Julien 

March 27 


Mrs. KathyManduka March 25 


Rev. Foster Tresise March 20 


Mr. Albert Balzer March 1 

Jonathan Austin March 10, 1975 

Mrs. Dorothy Maconaghy March 21 

Mrs. Hattie Sheldon March 21 

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- Is your missionary chest full? Some church- 
es have lots of supplies and not many mis- 
sionaries on deputation. Perhaps it is time to fill 
a goody box of some of those items for a mis- 
sionary on the field who has never been to your 
church. Or another suggestion would be to 
send some items to the missionary your church 
supports. It is a possibility that the shoe strings, 
toothbrushes, napkins, and so forth, could be 
more welcome in the middle of the term. Home 
missionaries could also be recipients. 

- Do not fail to use all the materials provid- 
ed for you concerning our missionaries. Some 
printing cutbacks have been made to conserve 
funds for on-the-field use, but ask for informa- 
tion from the Foreign Missionary Society, 
Winona Lake, Indiana. 

- Remember your BSLV student with a 
Valentine remembrance or the college students 
or military personnel from your church. Even a 
card with the message that you are praying for 
them will be encouragement to those away 
from home. 

- Communicate with your district editor the 
news of your local council for inclusion in the 
paper of the district. This will indicate to other 
councils what you are doing, giving them new 
ideas and recharging some of the old. 

- Local, district, and national organizations 
of WMC should work like a hand in glove. The 
local and district fingers of the hand give direc- 
tion to the glove and in return are enriched by 
the warmth provided by the devotional and 
program ideas and suggestions provided by the 
national covering. 


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Neat reasoning for a second grader and I was pleased 
with the change In status, for the day before he promised 
the teacher a bat and If that was not approved a rat 
would have to do. Mark's own image of his capabilities 
had changed from one day to the next and the result was 
plain to see. His willingness was evident and the fervor 
with which he completed his letter was with eager speed. 
Most assuredly, he wanted to be on to better things— the 
educational games and "dittos" of the classroom, but he 
knew what he wanted to say and got it accomplished. 

Alex, on the other hand, couldn't think of a thing to say. 
His ever-sparkling brown eyes dampened with tears, and 
he was tormented with the thought that he couldn't 
repeat what he had said the day before and knew he 
couldn't think of a thing to say. A dependable student 
was reduced to frustration. The "letter-writing lesson" 
surely came hard this day. Finally, he wrote: 


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Teacher read both letters, each with a love for the stu- 
dent who was trying to express himself. Teacher also had 
an answer for each of the letters. The answers from 
teacher always make the writing lesson more bearable. 
They love to get a letter. 

God hears each of our prayers as well, whether ar- 
ticulate or with tears and the mood of "God, I don't know 
how to pray." His answer comes to the children as well 
who long to have an answer from the Master.-/nd;ana 

Birthday Missionary 


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Field Picture 

Beverly Garber 
Mary Hoyt 
Barbara Hulse 
Margaret Mason 
Martine Vieuble 

Identify the missionaries as children 
and match with their fields of 

1 . Argentina 

2. Southern Brazil 

3. Central African Republic 
Answers on page 33. 

B. on father's lap 

It is not too soon to pray that the Lord will use some of the babes in your congregation to spread 
the good news to other lands in future days if the Lord tarries. 


Mrs. Shirley Standish 
Anchorage, Alaska 

February Mission Study Picture 

4. Send money to national WMC treasurer. 

(The address is in the Herald.) She will 

forward it to the proper place. 

3. Raise the money for the project. 

2. Write national WMC first vice president 
to clear project (address in the Herald). 

1. Choose a project from list provided and 
decide amount of money to give. 


for Giving 
to Special 

WMC Projects 


From the very beginning of the 
WMC organization in 1939 a 
"Thank Offering" has been taken 
in the local councils for some 
specific national project. Each 
woman had a "Thank Offering" 
box into which she was to place 
an offering. Then the total 
amount from each council was 
received at the national WMC 
conference for Home Missions. 
In 1945 through 1948 the use of 
the "Thank Offering" was chang- 
ed to care for the expense of the 
WMC pages in the Missionary 
Herald which had previously 
been taken from the national ex- 
pense fund. In 1949 the "Thank 
Offering" was designated entirely 
for the work among the Jewish 

What is the 

people, and the year 1953 until 
1970 the Home Missions Council 
furnished pottery synagogue 
banks to the local councils for 
the gathering of these funds for 
the Jewish ministry. These are 
no longer available from the pot- 
tery company, however, so local 
councils use their own methods 
for this offering. This offering 
continues to support the 

Brethren Messianic Testimony 
headquartered in Los Angeles, 
California, Fairfax District, where 
Rev. and Mrs. Doyle Miller and 
Miss Isobel Fraser serve our 
wonderful Lord. The current 
goal towards this work is $1.50 
per member. This offering can 
be given at any time during the 
year with the deadline for funds 
being June 10. 


\ * God! Who Else? by Claire and Ruth Greiner 


Disciplines of the Beautiful Woman by Anne Ortland 
The Journey by Myrna Grant 































































National Fellowship of Grace Brethren Men, Inc. 

"Faithful men, who shall be able to teach others also" 2 Timothy 2:2 



Mr. Harold Hollinger, R. R. 4, Box 135, Elizabeth- 
town, Pa. 17022 
Vice President 

Mr. Jack Seitzinger, 6226 Taylor Dr., Blacklick, 
Ohio 43004 


Mr. Marlin Rose, R.R.7, Box 186, Warsaw, Ind. 


Mr. Roger Hancock, R. R. 5, Touby Rd., Mansfield, 

Ohio 44903 
Pastoral Advisor 

Pastor Mick Rockafellow, 432 Hilltop Circle, Eliza- 

bethtown.Pa. 17022 
Members at Large 

Mr. Don Fueling 

Mr. Clark Miller 

Mr. Richard Wells 

Mr. James Knepper 
Mr. Marlin Rose 
Mr. Ben Zimmerman 

The Reorganization 
of the N.FG.B.M. 

Due to the increased work load and growth of Grace Brethren 
Boys, a reorganization of the National Fellowship of Grace Brethren 
Men and Grace Brethren Boys was adopted by the men at national 
conference this past year. The following diagram will allow the 
Fellowship to "see" how these changes will be worked out. These 
changes will be of great help and benefit to both the Men's and Boy's 

As a result of going over the flow chart, we trust that the Fellowship 
will become more and more aware of the various ministries carried 
out by the NFGBM. and GBB. Your continued prayers and financial 
support are needed if these ministries are to be successful for the 
glory of God. Should you have any questions or input to share, 
please contact our National Men's President. Thank you for your 
support and encouragement of these ministries in the past and for 
what you will do in the future. 

National Fellowship of Grace Brethren Men 

Executive Committee 

National Men's Board 

Grace Brethren Boys' 
Board (12) 

Grace Brethren Boys' Director 

Secretary (Office/Staff) 

National Men's Ministry 

National Men's Sunday 
National Conference for Men 
National Projects 
Support of Grace Brethren Boys 
Helps to Districts 
Promotion: Herald pages. 
Letters to Pastors 

National Ministries District Ministries Involvement 

National Rendezvous 
Starting New Units 

Leadership Training Seminars 

Out-post Camps 

District Representatives 

Work with District Committees 

Unit Evaluations 

Consultant Work 

Resource Person 

Grace Brethren Boys 

Brethren Boys 

"A" to "Z" 

(Editor's note: jack Seitzinger, 
vice president of the National 
Fellowship of Grace Brethren 
Men, is principal of Worthington 
Christian Elementary School, 
Worthington, Ohio.) 

By Jack Seitzinger 

The boys and even some of the 
young leaders call me "Uncle 
Jack." The "nephew" on the left 
is Adam Ness and the little guy 
on the right is Zachary Bowman. 
Adam to Zachary - A to Z. I first 
met Adam when he wasn't much 
older than Zachary. Oh, how his 
eyes would sparkle when he 
would see the big kids in their 
Brethren Boys uniforms learning 
camping skills, or crafts, or just 
playing games. Well, last year 
Adam was old enough to join 
our unit and he's doing great! 
Zack, (our Pastor's son) isn't sure 
what its's all about yet but I 
hope the Lord permits me to 
have a part in Zack's induction 
into our Brethren Boys. Having 
said all of this you might be 
wondering, "Why Brethren Boys" 
or "Whafs so special about 
Brethren Boys?" Perhaps I can 
answer these question by asking 
a question. Have you ever met a 
real hardshell Brethren Boys' Unit 
Leader and noticed the hackle 
on his neck stand up and the 
veins on the side of his neck 
start to bulge when you suggest 
that Brethren Boys is the same as 
Christian Brigade or Royal Am- 
bassadors or even the Boy 
Scouts with a strong Christian 


They really get upset and you 
know, as I've talked to these 
men, I have found out that 
almost without exception, in 
times past they have been a part 
of the Brigade or Boy Scouts or 
other similar units. They are 
always careful to explain that 
these other "outfits" are OK, they 
don't have anything against 
them, but they can't hold a can- 
dle to Brethren Boys. When you 
ask them why Brethren Boys is 
the only thing for them, they 
make wild pronouncements like: 
"We place spiritual emphasis 
above everything else and we 
teach and live Brethren distinc- 
tives. "We place the Boys' per- 
sonal needs above the Organiza- 
tion's structure." "We think the 
best ratio of men to boys in a 
unit is at least one man for every 

boy." "Men teach boys, but boys 
also teach men." 

In justifying their strong posi- 
tion, they say that if they don't 
teach the Brethren distinctives, 
perhaps there won't be any 
distinctives in a few years. They 
believe that Paul's challenge to 
Timothy (2 Tim. 2:2) involves 
"Faithful men who shall be able 
to teach BOYS also." I had one 
dear old saint say to me, "Take 
away the Brethren Boys and 
you'll take away the only real 
ministry of the Brethren Men." 

So the next time you see a 
man in blue jeans with a blue 
denim shirt and a red necker- 
chief, don't be surprised If he 
gets a little hostile when some- 
one asks "Why Brethren Boysr 
You can turn that hostility into a 
broad grin by asking, "How can I 

by Barbara Woodring Director of Nursing Programs 
As Told to Don R. J. Cramer 

Nursing Program Progress Continue 

Three years ago the thought of 
establishing a Department of 
Nursing at Grace College was 
just that-a thought. Beginning a 
nursing program is a little dif- 
ferent than initiating most other 
majors on a college campus. 

The most notable difference 
comes at graduation. Nurses 
must pass a state licensing ex- 
amination prior to beginning 
their career as professional, 
health-care providers. To date, 
nursing is the only major at 
Grace which requires its 
graduates to pass such com- 
prehensive professional examina- 
tions. Because of this very 
specific requirement, the State 
Board of Nursing has established 
explicit educational criteria which 
must be met before a nursing 
program can accept, let alone 
graduate, students. 

Through administrative support. 

The Department of Nursing is now 
accepting applications for a faculty 
position in Crisis Intervention 
(Psychiatric Nursing/Management in 
Nursing Concepts) for the Fall of 
1981. Applicants must possess a 
Masters in Nursing with appropriate 
clinical/teaching experience. Direct 
letters of inquiry and vitae to: 

Barbara C. Woodring 
Director of Nursing Programs 
Grace College 
Winona Lake, IN 46590 

and an initial financial investment 
by Mrs. Deborah Cooley from 
Warsaw, the thinking process 
became more concrete. The 
first faculty member arrived on 
campus in the fall of 1977, and 
the investigative process was 

Since the college obviously 
does not have its own facilities in 
which students could learn to 
care for patients, the first step 
had to be location of appropriate 
clinical agencies for learning. In 
God's perfect timing, 1976-78 
saw the Warsaw area undergo 
remarkable growth in health 
care: the opening of a new 
150-bed general hospital, 
Kosciusko Community; the ex- 
pansion of the Bowen Center for 
Human Services to include in- 
patient, partial-patient and out- 
patient care; the initiation of a 
Home Health Nursing Service; 
the modernization and expansion 
of long-term care facilities at 
Miller's Merry Manor; plus the 
addition of several new physi- 
cians and specialists to the local 
medical community. Not only 
did God provide the agencies, 
but He also provided Christians 
in each one who were anxious 
to incorporate Grace nursing 
students into their programs. 

The dedication of the College's 
Science Center provided the last 
essential ingredients: a physical 
home for the department, faculty 
offices and a nursing simulation 

Word of the initiation of a nurs- 
ing program on a Christian cam- 
pus spread like wildfire. Without 
any type of recruitment "gim- 

micks," the program was filled 
with highly qualified young ladies 
(no men yet, but we are trying!). 
In the fall of 1979 the first 25 
students began the nursing se- 
quence. What an excited group! 
They each accepted the 
challenge of learning and grow- 
ing mentally and spiritually. 
Cohesiveness came naturally. 
Unity and love were so obvious 
that patients and their families 
frequently asked, "What makes 
those students so different; so 
caring?" Science and nursing 
skill, combined with Christian 
character and a love for their 
Lord, made each student very 

Last fall (1980) 25 more 
students were admitted to the 
first level nursing sequence. 
Although the nursing faculty was 
certain that this class could not 
possibly be as "good" as the first, 


they received a pleasant surprise! 
First semester there were clients 
who literally cried because "their 
studenr had been moved to 
another unit. 

t Grace 


God has been so good! The 
nursing students from the first 
class will graduate in a few 
months. There has already been 
extensive attempts to recruit 
them (from as far away as 
California). They have 
represented themselves, their 
school and their Lord in the 
community in general (through 
work in blood pressure screen- 
ing, diabetic detection, blood 
bank, and health teaching pro- 
grams) and in the specific agen- 
cies mentioned above. They 
have compared their knowledge 
and skills with students from 
other educational programs and 
have scored very positively. This 
positive response has not come 
by accident. It has come as a 
direct result of dedicated faculty 
sharing their Christian life style 
and principles by integrating 
them with nursing knowledge 
and practice. 

What lies ahead? Only God 
knows! But He now has more 
well prepared nurses to minister 
to those who are ill here at 
home, as well as on the foreign 
field. Twenty-five is not many, 
but it is certainly better than 


Twenty-four Grace College nurs/ng 
•tudents participated in the second annual 
apping ceremony for all first level nursing 
^tudents. The capping ceremony is a tradi- 
iona/ event signifying academic and 
dinical achievement. The event was held 
n the Winona Lake Grace Brethren Church 
)n Wednesday evening, December 17. 
')ean Miriam Uphouse, associate dean of 
tudents at Grace, was the speaker. 

News Notes 





Rev. Samuel Meads is the newest member of the 
Development Department at Grace Schools. He joined 
the department on October 1 and will be serving as 
Director of Planned Giving with responsibilities centering 
around the deferred giving program at Grace including 
wills, annuities and trusts. He is also involved in the 
capital expansion program for the '80s for Grace Schools 
which is in the planning stages. 

Joining the staff on October 1, he completed a three 
month orientation program which included time on cam- 
pus to become acquainted with the Grace atmosphere, 
policies, procedures, and so forth. He also attended a 
Planned Giving Seminar in Springfield, Missouri, with 
board member Ed Grill, and has made several field trips. 

Rev. Meads is a graduate of Bob Jones University with a 
B.A. in 1953 and an M.A. in 1955. For the past 25 years he 
has been in the pastorate and now feels the Lord leading 
into a challenging new ministry. "I do praise the Lord for 
opening an effectual door of ministry for us," he said. 

He and his wife Dorthea have moved to the Warsaw 
area from Port Huron, Michigan. Their son. Rick, is a 
junior in the Grace Seminary and daughter, Lori, is a 
freshman in the college. The Meads' new address is Rt. 8, 
Box 91-C, Warsaw, Indiana 46580 


Dr. D. Brent Sandy, assistant professor of ancient and 
classical languages at Grace College announces a second 
annual tour to Greece which will include four days in Ita- 
ly. The 17-day tour. May 25 tu June 10, 1981, will feature 
the spectacular scenery of the Mediterranean World; an 
itinerary that follows the route of Paul's second mis- 
sionary journey; extensive exposure to the fascinating 
people and culture of Southeastern Europe; a cruise on 
the Aegean Sea; visits to many ancient cities and 
museums; Bible studies in Paul's Epistles. 

There will be academic credit for those interested. The 
price from Chicago will be $1,599. For more information 
call or write Dr. Sandy at Grace College in Winona Lake, 
Indiana 46590. 


by Liz Cutler 

One of Colleges' Youngest 
Dean of Students at Age 30 

From the time he was a junior 
at Grace College, Dan Snively 
felt a strong leading to be the 
dean of students at the school 
some day. "I think Grace Col- 
lege is one of the best Christian 
colleges, potentially and current- 
ly, in the nation," he says. 

It has been some eight years 
since he walked across the stage 
to receive his bachelor of arts in 
history and social studies. But 
for the past two years, he has 
been fulfilling that desire, having 
taken over for Arnold Kriegbaum 
when he retired as dean of 

Prior to that, Snively served as 
associate dean of students and 
director of housing, in addition 
to teaching and coaching (soccer) 
responsibilities since 1975. 

"I'm committed to Grace Col- 
lege," he says. That commit- 
ment stretches further than just 

the school-he is committed to 
the students, his job, his family, 
and, most importantly, his Lord. 

Although he walked the aisle at 
the First Brethren Church in 
Goshen, Indiana, and was saved 
at age 11, it wasn't until college 
that he realized the meaning of 
total commitment. "\ bumped 
into the concept that Jesus Christ 
has to mean not just something 
to me, but everything," he says. 
"I wasn't satisfied. It had to be 
everything or nothing. Once I 
bumped into that line, that 
changed me." 

To the dean of students, one of 
the greatest rewards is to see the 
students understand that com- 
mitment and begin to practice 
those ideals in their lives. 
"There's a lot of gratitude there," 
he says. 

Snively has delved into his posi- 
tion with the same enthusiasm of 

his college years, when he was 
president of student senate and 
student government executive 
board, a member of the student 
affairs committee and on the 
steering committee for the North 
Central Accreditation in 1972. 
He also served as student body 
chaplain in 1971. 

His prowess on the soccer field 
earned him the title of "All- 
Conference" goalie. He was also 
named to Who's Who in 
American Colleges and Univer- 
sities in 1972, and received the 
award for the "Greatest Contribu- 
tion to Campus Life" in 1971. 

At age 30, Snively is one of the 
youngest college deans in the 
country. While one might think 
that the wisdom generally 
associated with years may be 
lacking in his case, he says ifs 

"The biggest contributing factor 
to that is when my wife and I 
were houseparents at Riverwood 
Ranch," he says. For one year 
shortly after college, the couple 
served at the group home for 
juvenile delinquent boys near 
Warsaw, Indiana. It was then 
that he says he learned discern- 
ment, how to be firm, when and 
how to exercise graciousness, 
and how to weed out issues. "I 
was 23 when I did that," he 

"I'm older than my years 
because of some of those ex- 
periences," he adds. He realizes 
he is young, but his strength 
comes from something more 
than just past experiences. 
"Hopefully, I have the Lord's 

The young dean spends time 
getting involved with the 
students. "I invite more 
students in to encourage them, 
than I am forced to on 
disciplinary situations," he says, 
seated in his Phiiathea Hall of- 
fice, which used to be a science 
lab. "It gives me a much fresher 
picture of whafs going on." 

In addition, he teaches upper 
level sociology classes, par- 

ticipates in recreational activities 
or sits down with students over a 
cup of coffee in the dining com- 

"They see me in a lot of dif- 
ferent role settings," says the 
dean, who holds a master's 
degree from Ball State University 
[Muncie, Ind.), in student person- 
nel administration and social 
psychology. "I try to get a lot of 
integral exposure to their life 

Under Snivel/s direction, the 
spiritual life of the campus has 
:aken on new meaning, although 
ie gives much credit to his 
associates: Chaplain Kevin 
Huggins, Associate Dean of 
Students Miriam Uphouse, and 
Director of Placement Lee 
enkins. "Ifs a staff teamwork 
project," he insists. 

I think the campus was ready 
or another mood, another at- 
hnosphere," he says. "The 
students were ready for this kind 
Df philosophical approach." The 
dean feels that the direction of 
student life on the campus can 
lave an incalculable influence on 

race Schools as a whole, and 
low it is involved in the world. 

We've done a lot more in 
ivhat we call developing a Chris- 
tian body life concept," he notes. 
'We need to be very concerned 
ibout what happens to our stu- 
dent spiritual life on this campus 
n this corporate body of 

The whole student affairs 
ohilosophy is based on biblical 
3rinciples, according to Snively. 
Those principles are then hook- 
ed into programmatic efforts and 

t will take several years to see 
them all come about, the dean 


Away from the campus setting, 
'Dean" Snively becomes "Dadd/' 
Snively. "I love to spend time 
with my family," he says. He 
and his wife, the former Joan 
Ogden, have three children: 
lason, six; Mandy, four; and 
Adam, two. 



Memory of: 

Mr, Earl Funderburg 
Rev. Raymond Kettell 

Mr. Leslie Booher 

Mrs. Lona Liggett 

Mr. Ralph Humpresville 

Mr. Roger Ward 

Mrs. Doris Votaw 

Mr. Roy Kimble 

Mr. W. H. Greenwood 

Mr. and Mrs. Howard Rager 

Mr. and Mrs. John Womer 

Mrs. Bessie Mitchell 

Mr. Jack Arnold 

Mr. Blair W. Lininger 

Mrs. Bertha Stern 

Alicia Woods 

In Honor of: 

Mr. and Mrs. Gerald Brown 
(many acts of kindness to 
the McLaughlin family) 

Rev. and Mrs. Charles 

(Wedding Anniversary) 

Mrs. Jennie Whittle 
(75th Birthday) 

Given by: 

Rev. William Schaffer 

Rev. William Schaffer 

Miss Linda St. Clair 

O. E. McCracken 

Mr. and Mrs. C. E. Skellenger 

Mrs. Leila Polman 

Mrs. Leila Polman 

Mr. and Mrs. Clifford Hannemann 

Mr. Floyd Votaw 

Mr. Roger W. Tweedy 

Mrs. W. H. Greenwood 

Rev. and Mrs. Don Rager 

Rev. and Mrs. Don Rager 

Mrs. and Mrs. Ralph Armentrout 

Dr. Myron Yeager 

Mr. and Mrs. Clifford Burket 

Mr. and Mrs. Clifford Burket 

Mr. and Mrs. Roy Hawley 

Mr. and Mrs. Jay Cassidy 

Given by: 

Mr. and Mrs. Stephen McLaughlin 

Miss Linda St. Clair 

Mr. and Mrs. Stanley Nairn 


A Blessing to Grace Schools 

Over 800 companies across 
America match (and in some cases 
double) the gifts of their employees 
to recognized institutions. Last year 
Grace Schools received a record 
amount through the Matching Gift 
Program with well over 100 people 

Grace Schools would like to say 
thank you to those who realized the 
benefits of a doubled dollar. Grace 
has received gifts from these com- 
panies because their employees 
gave to see God's work continue at 


Mack Trucks 

International Harvester 


Abex Foundation 

Howmet Turbine Conripany 

Amoco Foundation, Inc. 

John Deere Foundation 


Fred Kuhn 
Charles Kuhn 
Wes Miller 
C. B. Painter 
William Kemp 
C. W. Lane 
David Abuhl 

Kyle Bergen 
James Burnell 
Orlln Henry 
Melvin Lesh 
Craig Poyner 
Tom Rittgers 
David Schrock 

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The Making of iBadars^i^aiici^^^^ 

Reflections By Still Waters 

Sincerity Is Not the Same As Success 


Use Care When Sending an Irishman 

to Tear Down a Barn 

By Charles W. Turner 


You have heard of one of 
those mistakes that just could 
not happen— but did. It all 
started out to be another 
day's work, but it ended up as 
a very costly error. It seems 
that last month an Irishman in 
his mid 30s set out to 
demolish an old abandoned 
barn located 6 miles 
southeast of Birmingham, 
England. It was a valueless old 
structure and the job was 

Somehow a slight mistake 
was made when the Irishman 
got out his map, took a look 
and there clearly outlined in 
red was the building; so the 
day's work began. The only 
difficulty was that he was on 
the wrong side of the road 
and the building he was 
knocking down was the 
wrong one. It happened to be 
a Georgian farmhouse located 
on a 126-acre farm due to be 
auctioned this spring for a 
$150,000 minimum bid. The 
demolition of the house with 
Victorian and Jacobean 
additions was not easy, but 
was nevertheless, 
accomplished. By the time 
someone noticed the Irishman 
at work and notified the 

proper authorities, it was too 

There are variations of this 
same theme. The dentist who 
pulls the wrong tooth; or, just 
lately, the doctor who 
amputated the wrong leg. All 
very honest and well-meaning 
acts, but the results were 
nothing short of a disaster in 
the cases involved. The 
Irishman, the dentist and the 
doctor all thought they were 
right and meant no harm to 
come of their work. But that 
hardly helps to upright the 
fallen Victorian house, implant 
the wrong molar, or even 
restore the proper limb. No 
remedy for the mistake 
seemed to be forthcoming. 

It all reminds me of our 
dear teaching friend of Charlie 
Brown fame who just cannot 
believe that his baseball team 
lost 54-0 when he and his 
teammates were so sincere. 
Again, no one would doubt 
the sincere intentions of the 
Irish demolition expert, nor 
the dentist, nor the doctor. 
Yet, in Christian circles we 
continue to forget that 
sincerity without proper 
knowledge and action can be 
as equally damaging. Sincere 
piano players have the 
capacity to hit the wrong key; 
and, to speak from personal 
experience, a sincere 

worshiper easily and often 
does hit the wrong note 
during the morning worship 

Sincere Christians can be 
very poor Sunday school 
teachers if they have not 
studied the Word of God. 
Sincere preachers can give 
out untruths if they do not 
take care in what they say 
and misword the sentences. 
By good fortune and forgiving 
grace we do overlook these 
mistakes and go on unharmed 
most of the time by these 
acts. But there is a lesson in it 
all. Unfortunately, sometimes 
there is damage done and the 
results are not what they 
were intended to be. 

All this should remind each 
of us to seek to do the best 
that we can in the areas of 
responsibility which are ours, 
to do each task with sincerity 
and dedication, and also 
knowledge and preparation. 
We need to be as thorough 
as possible and, if we are in 
places of responsibility, to 
seek to find the well prepared 
and sincere person to do 
God's work. Sincerity is but 
step one, however step two is 
very dangerous if sincerity is 
all that is involved. Sincere 
people can be lost people, so 
let your sincerity be 
reinforced with truth. 


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35 Years Ago-1946 

The midwinter conference of the Southern California churches 
stressed the peculiar teachings of the Brethren Church. Ad- 
dresses emphasized our practices and beliefs which are dif- 
ferent from other fundamental churches. . . . The church at 
Sterling, Ohio, has called Forest Lance to be pastor. 

15 Years Ago-1 966 

Randall Poyner has resigned from the Geistown (Pennsylvania) 
church to become pastor at Lansing, Michigan. . . . The Winona 
Lake Brethren Church has voted to build a new church on the 
corner of 13th Street and Kings Highway. Estimated cost for the 
building and furnishings is $188,000. Charles Ashman, pastor. 

5 Years Ago-1 976 

With the 1976 season underway. Coach Phil Hoskins is pinning 
his hopes on the following Lancers of Grace College for a good 
basketball season; All-American Center Ed Miller, Doug Noll, 
Roger Haeck, Bob Burns, Brent Wilcoxson, Steve Nelson, and 
assistant coach Jim Kessler. 


Dear Editor: 

I received the Novennber issue of the Herald the first 
week in December. We had our turkey and national 
thanksgiving two weeks previous. So your admonition 
concerning the special day will have to be retroactive. 

Wishing the editorial staff a Happy New Year and 
hoping the December issue comes before the New 
Year. How about resolving to get the next 12 issues 
out on time?— Sincerely, a subscriber 

Editor, Charles W. Turner 
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Artist, Mary Jane Fretz 
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Christian Education: 

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John W. Zielasko, Nora Macon 

Grace Brethren Boys: 

Mike Ostrander 

Grace Brethren Men: 

Harold Hollinger 

Grace Schools: 

Dr. Homer A. Kent, Jr., Don Cramer 

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Vol. 43 

Number 2 

February 1981 


4 The President Requests Our Gifts and 

Fervent Prayers 
8 Send Them Away 
10 The Making of Leaders 
12 Strategic Planning and Local Church 

18 A Milestone Recorded 

21 The Bubbling Heart 

22 Turning Back the Disinterested and 

26 Homespun 

29 Brethren Men Grow Brethren Boys 
32 College Education in a World of 

bttih features 

• Reflections By Still Waters 2 • 
• News Report 20 • 

The President 
Our Gifts 



by Dr. Don Hocking 

Two past issues of the Herald 
have carried articles about 
President David Dacko of the 
Central African Republic 
(February 1980 and April 1980). 
Here is an update on happenings 
in the C.A.R. 

Exciting things are happening in 
Central Africa! God is answering 

In a private meeting, President 
David Dacko of the Central 
African Republic asked us to pray 
that the Lord would grant him 
wisdom to run the country "on 
the straight and narrow path that 
God wanted." The president later 
came to the General Conference 
of African Brethren Churches 
held in Bozoum in January, 1980, 
where he challenged the people 
to spread the Gospel and pray 
for him and his government. 

Dr. John Whitcomb, a member 
of the board of the Foreign 
Missionary Society and a 
professor at Grace Theological 
Seminary, was present at the 
conference and also on the Bible 
Center station where President 
Dacko visited two days later. Dr. 
Whitcomb met President Dacko 
and had the opportunity to 
present him with some Bible 

At our 1980 Field Council held 
in July on the Bible Center 
station, I was asked to present 
several requests to the president 
before I left for the States on 
furlough. I wrote to him asking 
for an audience and presenting 
four items in my letter. Although 
the letter was sent to him at the 
end of July, it did not reach him 

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Above: Missionary Don Hocking and President David Dacko 

Later I heard that Mr. David 
Zokoe had been named the 
director of the president's office, 
and all visits and letters were to 
go through him. Mr. Zokoe is a 
member of our Brethren church 
at Kpetene where Rev. Isaac 
Bodoan is the pastor. Pastor 
Bodoan consented to go with 
me to see Mr. Zokoe about the 
situation. A few days later, I 
received an invitation to meet 
with the president in his office. I 
was to be there at 9:00 a.m. on 
August 26, 1980. 

The president received me into 
his office about 9:10 a.m. He had 
gotten my letter and suggested 
that I write four letters, one for 
each item, along with a cover 
letter as the requests were of 
different natures and would be 
handled by different offices. He 
mentioned that he appreciated 
our work in his country and 
encouraged us to send many 
more missionaries as the door is 

wide open to the Gospel at this 

We also talked about the 
proposed Brethren Biblical 
Seminary. He expressed great 
interest and approval for the 
project. Because of his interest, I 
asked him if he would write to 
our Brethren Christians 
expressing this interest. The 
letter is printed here in French 
with an English translation by 
retired missionary Ada Tabor. 

At the close of the audience, I 
had prayer with the president. 1 
left, giving my greetings to his 
wife and family and promising to 
tell others to pray for him. 

What were the four items that 
we requested? And what were 
the answers? Rev. Don Miller, the 
present field superintendent, has 
just sent me a letter confirming a 
positive answer to all four 
requests. Praise the Lord! 

First of all, we asked that the 
badges and materials for our 

Bangui' '^ 






youth programs (Flambeaux - 
boys, 12-20; Petits Flambeaux - 
boys, 6-11; Lumieres - girls, 12 
through marriage; Petites 
Lumieres - girls, 6-11) which 
come from Switzerland be 
admitted to the country free of 

customs charges. 

The second request was that 
the taxes we have to pay on our 
Christian kiosks and bookstores 
be eliminated. We have already 
had to close several because of 
these taxes which were high in 
relation to the amount of annual 
sales. Since these bookstores 

were nonprofit and were servin 
the country by getting out the 
Gospel, we encouraged him to 
remove the high taxes. 

Third, we asked that the high 
taxes that we as missionaries - 
were paying personally be I 
removed, especially since we d 
not earn any money in the 
country. Our funds come from 
freewill offerings from Christian 

!ople in the United States. 

Minister of Agriculture has ceded 

turned over to the Castor 

•inally, we asked for 

to us two used Ford 5000 

Brethren Church for its use. 

operation of customs on all 

tractors (from the previous 

Certainly the Lord has done 

ported materials to be used in 

regime) for use at the Bible ' 

abundantly more than we could 

(instructing the seminary 

Center station for mowing grass, 

ever ask or think. Now, what is 

lildings. Included in this last 

cutting the air strip (the MAF 

going to be our response to the 

quest was an imported pickup 

plane is located at this station). 

president's request for prayer. 

ijck for the use of the Bible 

and for helping to plow student 

more missionaries, and gifts for 

>nter station and imported 

gardens. 1 understand that Martin 

the establishment of the Brethren 

rts worth 1,000,000 francs 

Carber and Howard Immel were 

Biblical Seminary? This school is 

Dout $5,000) for the seven-ton 

able to get one of them going 

one of the most important 

prcedes truck now in service. 

just days after it arrived. The 

projects that Brethren Foreign 

!ie custom exonerations for the 

other one needs a number of 

Missions has ever undertaken. 

minary buildings are valid for 

parts before they can get it 

Not only will it train leaders for 

e next five years. 

going, so they might use it 

our Brethren churches in the 

How thankful we should be for 

simply for spare parts. 

C.A.R., Chad, and the Cameroun, 

The President of the Republic 
N° 266/CS/Pmo 

To the attention of the Christians of the United States of America, 

Bangui, August 28,1980 

May the Lord bless you in the way you have chosen, that of fishing for men and prepar- 
ing them to enter into eternal life with the Heavenly Father. 

While here, the Church admonishes us to build up a brotherhood among all the men of 
the earth and to pray that hate, racial and tribal barriers might disappear forever in order 
that peace, harmony and universal brotherhood may take their place. 

The Central African people, its government and myself thank the Christians of the 
United States for the (missionary) pastors which they send to the Central African Republic 
to proclaim the "good news" and to prepare our people for everlasting life. 

We solicit your fervent prayers that the seed of the good news might fall on fertile 
ground, that not one soul may be lost at the final judgment. 

We exhort you to help these missionaries open a theological Seminary on Central African 
soil to train laborers for His harvest. 

Finally, we invite you to pray for peace, justice and liberty in the world and particularly 
in the Central African Republic. 

David DACKO 

se gracious decisions upon 
' part of President Dacko! 
ithout his approval, these 
quests would not have been 
inted. How we ought to pray 
en more that the Lord will 
;ss the president and his 
Ivernment and give him the 
sdom he needs to run the 
[untry properly and put God 
it in all things. 

,'wo other decisions have also 
en a blessing. Both were 
:eived before I left Bangui. The 

Also, the president issued a 
decision paper stating that the 
government school buildings 
which had been constructed on 
the Castor church property by 
the previous regime were to be 
returned to the church just as 
soon as the government could 
build three new buildings 
elsewhere. Property has been 
found, but there are still some 
difficulties to be worked out 
before these buildings can be 
built and the present buildings 

but it will also train leaders for 
other fundamental churches 
throughout French-speaking 
Africa. It can also be used of the 
Lord to get us moving more 
rapidly toward a completely 
indigenous church— one of the 
goals of the Foreign Missionary 

Will you pray and give so this 
school might become a 
reality-that it might open its 
doors on October 6, 1981? 
Thanks for your prayers. 

Send Them Away 

by John W. Zielasko 

World population reached one billion people 
by the year 1830 - the second billion mark was 
reached by 1930, the third billion by 1960 and 
the fourth by 1975. The year 2000 will see well 
over 6 billion people on this planet. 

By the turn of the century, world population 
will be growing at a rate of 100 nnillion people a 

Two short decades away, Africa will have to 
feed and accommodate an additional 390 million 
people. Latin America will have to supply the 
basic needs for an additional 275 million. The 
continent of Asia will have to find room and food 
for another billion and a quarter. 

This year, according to UNICEF, 30 million 
children will die of malnutrition and related 
diseases. (Figures are from the Population Action 

The most tragic aspect of world population 
figures is that a large percentage of the human 
race lives and dies without ever hearing of God's 
love in Jesus Christ. Can we stand before the 
Lord and insist that they are not our problem? 
The disciples tried this tactic on one occasion and 
failed. You recall the story in Mark, chapter 6. 

The disciples were indignant. Their day off had 
been ruined by an inconsiderate crowd who 
would give them no privacy nor rest. All day they 
had tried not to show their displeasure, but finally 
they could stand it no longer. 

Talk about wearing out your welcome! The 
multitude had intruded upon their day and was 
making no effort to leave, even though it was 
supper time. Since the Lord was not dealing with 
the situation and continued to allow these people 
to make demands on Him long after quitting 
time, the disciples decided to take matters into 
their own hands. With much irritation, they 
approached the Lord and said, "Send them away." 

It was a logical request. The accommodations 
were inadequate. Night was approaching. The 

resources were skimpy, and, besides, it really 
wasn't their problem. "Send them away." But 
Jesus surprised them by responding, "You give 
them something to eat." 

The disciples were, at least momentarily, 
flabbergasted. "You mean this crowd is our 
responsibility? You mean we should spend the 
200 days' wages we've saved on them?" 

Notice that a shortage of finances was not an 
acceptable excuse for noninvolvement. Since the 
disciples were so reluctant to part with their little 
sack of silver. He accepted instead the five loaves 
and two fishes brought by a young boy who was 
willing to make a donation of all that he had with 
him. He had no assurance that he would receive 
anything in return-thafs sacrifice-or so it appears 
at the moment. 

But you can't outgive God. Just try it and see. 

The Lord, on that occasion, held those disciples 
responsible to get involved with the multitude. 
He holds us responsible today for this even 
greater mass of humanity that is spiritually 

The lesson is clear: vast multitudes of well over 
2 billion people still have no Christian testimony 
among them. They are our missionary 
responsibility, whether or not we want to 
recognize it. 

Jesus had the reluctant disciples organize the 
crowd. They congregated in groups of 100s and 
50s, thus making it easier to perform the task of 

In order to facilitate the overwhelming and 
seemingly impossible task that faces the Christian 
church today, the 2 billion have been identified 
as 16,700 people groups (ethnic, tribal, caste, 
divisions). It is our responsibility in obedience to 
Christ to assume our share of this unfinished task 
and provide the personnel, prayer, and finances 
to reach them with the Gospel. 

May our response as Grace Brethren not be the 
calloused response of the spiritually immature 
disciples-'Send them away!" 

They won't go away. 

Is the Great Commissibn Worth It? 

Lunch at MacDonalds— Big Mac, Fries, and a Mill(shal<e . . . $2.30 

If each member* of the Grace Brethren Church gave up one MacDonalds 
lunch per month and gave the money to Brethren Foreign Missions, that 
would be . . . 

$92,000 each month or . . . 
$1,104,000 per year! 

Nice dinner out— Shrimp, baited potato, and salad bar . . . .$7.50 

If each member gave the money for one nice dinner out each month, that 
would be . . . 

$300,000 each month or . . . 
$3,600,000 per year! 

Your favorite pastime— golf, bowling, football games, roller 
skating, concerts, or hockey $6.00 

If each member gave $6.00 of his "extra" spending money each month, that 
would be . . . 

$240,000 each month or . . . 
$2,880,000 per year! 

Missionaries— Argentina, Brazil, Central African Republic, Chad, 
France, Germany, Hawaii, Mexico, Puerto Rico, the 
Orient . . . $5.00 

If each member of the Grace Brethren Church gave $5.00 each month to 
£"\ help support a missionary, that would be . . . 

$200,000 each month or . . . 

$2,400,000 per year-more than enough to care for our deficit and encourage 


^'Not equal giving, but equal sacrifice/' 

'Based on the 1980 membership of the Fellowship of Grace Brethren Churches of 40,000. 

The ordination ot Vkmsieur )ean-Pierre Ciraud with 

missionaries, Te\ Hudson. Roger Peugh and Tom Julien 


The Making of Leaders 

by Tom Julien 

Planting churches is not mere!' 
gathering a group of people 
together-its planting leaders. 

Ail church planters, whether ai 
home or abroad, have to learn 
this lesson. How many young 
churches, though apparently 
healthy, disintegrate vshen the 
founding missionar>' leaves the 
scene? When this happens it car 
almost aluays be traced to 
failure in developing leadership. 
Developing leadership is alwa^ 
a challenge, even in your own 
backyard. When you leave your 
countrv to go to another, the 
challenge is intensified. You fine 
yourself among people whose 
concept of leadership is differer 
from yours. You don t even 
realize until later that they are 
not playing the game by the 
same rules you learned back 
home in student council. You re 
driven to the Bible to leam 
principles of leadership that 
transcend cultural consideration 
A few years ago an Important 
book appeared in France entitle 
The French Sickness. It pointed 
out how French individualism 
and strong bureaucracy make it 
harder for the French to work 
together in a team. American 
management principles ha\e 
notably failed in the French 
business world because mutual 
distrust in the ranks make true 
delegation difficult. The result i: 
either weak fragmentation or 
strong centralization— neither 
corresponding to the Biblical 
pattern of church go\ernmenL 
Does this mean that the New 
Testament pattern is to be 
discarded? Of course not! It 
means, however, that we can 
arrive at it more effectively if w 
understand our people better. 
It has taken us a long time to 
develop leaders in FrarKe, part 
because of our failure to 
understand how the French 
respond to leadership, and par 
because it has taken a long tirr 

) find the kind of people who 
an blend authority with a 
?nuine desire to be servant of 
I. Too few natural leaders are 
traded to the Gospel, because 
ley are the ones most firmly 
ntrenched in their society. More 
>ners than leaders have been 
ived. To try to make a leader 
ut of someone who lacks the 
?cessary gifts is to prepare a 
lan for eventual collapse under 

But though it has taken time, 
e have recently seen real 
■ogress in several areas. Let me 
lention a few. 

First, the growth of the work, 
3th at the Chateau and in the 
lurches, now provides the 
ructures necessary for the true 
aders to reveal their gifts and 
same responsibility. 
The old question asks which 
imes first, the chicken or the 
»g; Genesis 1 answers that with 
spect to chickens. But can 
aders come before churches? 
nd how do you start churches 
ithout them? 

In every pioneer situation there 
a period of time during which 
e missionary had to assume 
e leadership himself in order to 
rt the church underway, 
aders do not grow up in the 
issionar/s study or even in a 
Die institute; they are hatched 

It is always a difficult question 

know how long the 
issionary should remain leader, 
tjt one thing is certain-he had 
;tter lead well while he's there, 
s followers will learn more 
am the way he does things 
an what he verbalizes on the 
ibject. And above all, even 
hen the pressure is on, he must 
3t leave until qualified men are 
)ie to continue. If he passes the 
oak to those who would not 
■dinarily be chosen on their 
ivn merits, or if he sets up a 
jppet and tries to pull the 
rings, he will be disappointed. 
A great blessing occurred in 
lay 1980, when our first elder, 
lonsieur Jean-Pierre Giraud was 
'dained as pastor of the Chalon 
lurch. Jean-Pierre came to us 

having already received excellent 
training under the direction of ' 
Kenneth Beach, a TEAM 
missionary in Lyon. He has 
continued to study in the 
decentralized Bible Institute at 
the Chateau. Monsieur Giraud 
supports himself as a professor 
of businessmen in management 
and salesmanship and is a man 
who exhibits all the qualities of 
spiritual leadership— character, 
competence, and consecration. 

Monsieur Giraud is our first 
French elder; we are praying for 
five more during the next five 

A second factor in leadership 
training in the Chateau ministry 
has been the decentralized Bible 
Institute, a program of systematic 
training in the Bible, doctrine, the 
Christian life, and the ministry. 
The program began in 1979 and 
was described by missionary 
Larry DeArmey in the June 1980 
issue of the Brethren Missionary 
Herald . 

To be sure, leadership training 
in our ministry in France did not 
begin two years ago-from the 
beginning, various programs of 
training and discipleship have 
contributed to the growth of 
Christians. Further, several 
converts of the Chateau have 
studied in a central Bible 

In our ministry, however, we 
have seen a program which will 
offer systematic training on a 
Bible institute level without 
pulling Christians out of their 
churches. We would rather train 
our own pastors than try to 
import them from other groups. 
These men will be obligated to 
support themselves in the 
beginning years of their 

The decentralized Bible 
Institute offers a three-year 
course of classes given evenings 
and Saturday afternoons, in 
addition to summer sessions. 

A third factor in leadership 
training concerns what is being 
done on a national level. Little in 
the way of training in Biblical 
leadership is available for 
Christian workers in France, 

which means that they 
sometimes have negative 
reactions to leadership in 
general, because of bad 
experiences with dictatorial 
leaders. This has produced in 
many churches a lack of 

Several years ago the Chateau 
developed a seminar on 
leadership which has been given 
in a limited number of places, 
and other groups have promoted 
similar programs. As yet, 
however, few Christian workers 
have benefited from such 

To help meet this need among 
missionaries, a seminar will be 
held this spring at the Chateau 
with workers from different 
missions in France. Larry 
DeArmey is chairman of this 
gathering, and a number of 
workers from different 
organizations are involved in the 
planning. It is our hope that the 
men who attend will return to 
their places of ministry with a 
renewed vision of the meaning 
of 2 Timothy 2:2 and will be 
able to infuse this vision into the 
lives of other workers from their 

There is urgent need for prayer 
in France. Many of us feel that 
we might be on the brink of a 
spiritual awakening. Whether or 
not this will occur will be directly 
linked to the intercession of 
God's people. We must focus 
massive quantities of spiritual 
energy on that country in 
coming months and years. 

We need you. 

The cover photo of this issue 
shows a scene from last summer's 
Bible Institute session. Pictured 
are two visiting professors, 
Monsieur Richard Blunier of the 
Evangelical Free Church and 
Monsieur jules-Marcel Nicole, a 
well-known Bible teacher and 
translator of the Nogent Bible 

Ftound Table Discussion 

Five leading Grace Brethren pastors discuss the innportance of goal setting and good planning. 
Should every church have goals? What does the Bible say about planning? How does your church 
establish goals? 

Strategic Planning 
and Local Church Expansion 

With the tightening of the money supply, 
The Brethren Home Missions Council has in- 
creased its commitment to using every mis- 
sionary dollar to its maximum life- 
transforming potential. That takes good plan- 
ning. Not just for The Brethren Home Mis- 
sions Council but also for Home Missions 
churches. Brad Skiles, promotional secretary 
for the BHMC, interviewed five leading 
pastors— discussing the importance of 
strategic planning and practical suggestions 
for churches desiring to grow. 

Dr. David Hocking, pastor of the Grace 
Brethren Church in Long Beach, California; 
Dr. James Custer, pastor of the Grace 
Brethren Church of Columbus, Ohio; Rev. 
Knute Larson, pastor of the Grace Brethren 
Church in Ashland, Ohio; Rev. Luke Kauff- 
man, pastor of the Grace Brethren Church of 
Myerstown, Pennsylvania; and Dr. David 
Seifert, pastor of the Big Valley Grace Com- 
munity Church in Modesto, California, discuss 
the subject of strategic planning. 

(Italicized words are added as transitions to 
help the flow of the discussion.) 

For a free copy of the complete round table 
discussion write: 

RTD Manuscripts 
Brethren Home Missions 
Box 587 
Winona Lake, IN 46590 

by Brad Skiles 

Promotional Secretary ' 

Skiles: How important is strategic planning to the 
growth of local churches? 

Custer: Ifs all important! If you don't plan you 
don't know where you are going. If you don't 
know where you are going or where you'd like 
to go, in definable terms, then you can't set 
strategies. If you don't have strategies, you don't 
know what to plan. If you don't know what to 
do, you don't do anything and as a result you 
don't grow. 

Seifert: Ifs absolutely vital, essential, a founda- 
tional bedrock principle that has resulted in 
growth at Big Valley. 

Rev. Luke Kauffman, paste 

Grace Brethren Churc 

Myerstown, P 

Kauffman: I think the people who work the 
hardest are the ones who have no goals. They 
work hard because they are trying to geti 
somewhere without knowing why they would 
get there, if they got there; or how they got 
there, if they got there. 

ikiles: How about our Fellowship? Is It as impor- 
tant on a national level? 

ieifert: Yes, but I don't think we've seen the re- 
sult or success of strategic planning in our 
Fellowship. It seems to me when we are talking 
about strategic planning, the difficult thing in a 
fellowship of churches is that a multitude of peo- 
ple have to own the goals. 

arson: David's right. We can make all kinds of 
plans in the national offices, but it won't do 
much without local churches that are trying to 
reach out with more people and more churches. 

kauffman: I see strategic planning forced to the 
local level of our Fellowship due to the design of 
the Fellowship. We have no ability right now to 
legislate growth from a top level down. Unless 
our pastors are self-starters, and we hope they 
all are, thafs the only way we're going to grow 
as a Fellowship. 

Mies: Is there a purpose then for a national mis- 
sion board to try to set goals if ifs really up to 
the local churches? Are we just playing games or 
is there something we can be doing? 

^auffman: I think a mission board has a chain of 
accountability to its constituency. A board with 
officers that are in for a length of time has to 
justify their existence by announcing their ac- 
complishments. And those accomplishments 
become what they are by having objectives and 
goals. One of the ministries of a mission 
organization is to make missionaries account- 
able for what they do. That accountability in- 
cludes what they are planning to do, indicating 
where they want to be in a certain length of 
time. I think, secondly, that the input of a mission 
board in a Fellowship like ours is tremendous if 
they communicate those goals in a non- 
intimidating manner to non-mission churches. 
Laymen or pastors reading the board's goals 
might be challenged to say, "We can do that. I 
can see what they are doing and lefs put our 
heads together and try to do what mission chur- 
ches do." 

arson: / would agree that there needs to be 
i stimulating goals and I believe just the fraternity 
aspect of "Lefs do this together and lefs all grow 
togethef is helping. I like that. But I think part of 
the national board's job should be to help the 
local churches with areas of strategic planning. 
To set national goals without really servicing the 
local church won't do it. 

kites: OK, lefs go back to the local church. Should 
every church have goals? 

locking: Yes, sir! And I believe that every 
church has goals, whether or not they write 
them on paper or recognize them. One of their 
goals may be to change nothing. One of their 

goals may be not to have an evangelism pro- 
gram. Now they hate to admit this; but if they 
don't have that in reality, that is what they are 
saying. There are goals either by decision or by 
default and our lives prove what we are living by 
and what is motivating us. Everyone has goals. I'd 
prefer to make them more in line with scriptural 
objectives than I would to let things just happen. 

Skiles: Is there a Biblical basis for goals? 

Custer: Definitely. Faith is no more than the 
projection of God's promise into a future setting 
and then drawing it down to the present. That is 
goal setting. Coal setting and strategic planning 
are the two heads and tails of what the Bible 
calls faith. Ifs laying hold on the promises of God 
and projecting those promises in measurable 
terms and then trusting God in and through the 
activities to accomplish those goals. 

Skiles: What about the sovereignty of God and our 
future plans? 

Dr. James Custer, pastor, 
Grace Brethren Church, 
Columbus, Ohio. 

Custer: The sovereignty of God and the glory of 
God are magnified by our faithful application of 
His promises and His principles and then the 
hard work toward achieving those goals. The 
sovereignty of Cod guarantees me that if I'll 
practice the promises and principles of His Word 
I will be effective; I will be fruitful. I do not 
believe Cod ever sovereignly decrees the 
church to be sick or lack vital health. 

I think we mistake the signs of health with the 
substance of health. The fact that I don't have a 
temperature today indicates that I'm healthy. 
And if I have a temperature, that does not make 
me sick, that indicates I am sick. Statistics are like 
the markings on a thermometer. They simply 
give us a clue by which we take our spiritual 
temperature. The absence of statistical growth 
indicates there's something wrong. It does not 

tell you what is wrong. The presence of 
statistical growth indicates that sonnething is 

So many of the areas where we work are not 
measurable statistics. You cannot measure love, 
except as you see it producing loving, kind work. 
You cannot statistically measure a person's 
growth or knowledge of the Word of Cod. You 
have to observe responses in their lives to see if 
they are changed by being conformed to the 
pattern of God's Word. Those are very difficult 
to measure. But quantitative and qualitative 
growth are always linked together in Scripture. 
You can't have one without the other. Quality 
growth will always indicate its presence by quan- 
tity growth. Thafs the way it was in the New 
Testament. It began with a quality life ex- 
perience and a lot of people wanted it. 

Skiles: What process does Big Valley go through in 
planning and goal setting? Is it routine- 
something that happens every year? Who's in- 
volved? How does it work? 

Dr. David Seifert, pastor, 

Big Valley Grace 

Community Church, 

Modesto, Calif. 

Seifert: Well, it is routine in my mind, meaning that 
ifs something vital and viable to our program. 
Nearly everyone is involved in the sense of 
department heads. As a budget is set, a depart- 
ment head must plan the entire year from the 
standpoint of what ministries he dreams and en- 
visions as accomplishable. Then beginning from 
a zero base budgeting concept we put a dollar 
amount to his dreams and determine what we 
can believe God together for. So it begins by 
direction from me to the staff and to the lay 
elders and then each year we solidify certain 
goals and we put them in contemporary lay 
language and communicate them widely to our 

Skiles: Knute, what kind of goals does Ashland 

Larson: For our church, planning of ministries 
and a strategy to reach people where they are 
and help them grow is more important than goal 
setting. We've always had some number goals. 

but our emphasis has been more on the plan- ' 
ning of ministries-how to help love and how to 
develop servanthood habits. And as our 
ministries grow so do our numbers. 

Skiles: Do you work toward specific numerical 

Larson: Yes, but we don't post them a lot. In our 
first five years I don't know that I told anybody 
the goals. I had them myself, then we had them 
on staff. Now recently we've had to project, 
because of our building needs, to show where 
we're going and what are our goals. What we 
have posted a lot more than numerical goals are 
strategies for the ministry and programs of the 
ministry and ways the people can help other 

Skiles: I like that concept. Have you found that 
emphasizing ministries has produced the kind of 
numerical growth that you had projected or 

Larson: Yes, we've always been on target with 
our goals. Maybe our most visionary goals are 
still ahead, but I just looked recently at a five- 
year projection that was ending in 1980 and we 
were almost exactly where we projected. 

Skiles: What process does Long Beach go 
through in goal setting? Is it a continuing process? 

Hocking: Yes. We have goals for the decade and 
we have goals for each year. These goals we call 
prayer goals. They are printed out and 
distributed and voted upon by our congregation 
each year at its annual meeting. Preceding that, 
several months ahead of time, our various 
ministries, Sunday school classes, and outreach 
ministries set their own goals. Each of these 
groups present their goals to our board of 
elders. Our board of elders approve all the goals 
for our church that will be presented. They 
assimilate all the totals of the various ministries 
and then present it to the church at its annual 

We reached about 17 out of the 20 goals we 
had last year. And even in the three we did not 
reach, we were further ahead than if we had no 

Skiles: Luke, when does Myerstown begin plan- 

Kauffman: Our goal planning for 12 months 
begins in July at the latest. For example, July 
1980 for 1 981 . It starts with all department heads 
and administrative assistants announcing their 
goals to me. Then we accumulate those goals to 
see if they're realistic and if they are possible. 
Next we ask for a defense, how and why and 
how much less do you need? After our staff and 
elders finalize the new goals, we then present 
the goals to the entire church at the first of the 


Skiles: What process does Columbus go 

Custer: Every year, for the last four years, we 
have had each of the commissions during 
December and January project annual 
goals— what do you want to accomplish in your 
area of responsibility during 1981. These are 
then compiled and then I see that in the months 
of April and May and generally the months of 
October and November we go over and review 
those in the various commissions. We take a 
"bench mark" on how we are doing toward 
those goals. Now once we set those goals we 
don't beat the goal. Let me give you an illustra- 
tion of what I'm saying. 

If we wanted to grow a stalk of corn ten feet 
high we would go out and plant a stake 12 feet 
high and we would mark it off in foot 
measurements. When we've done that we con- 
centrate not on the measuring stick; we concen- 
trate on the plant. We fertilize the plant, we get 
rid of the weeds, we water it and we do all we 
can to encourage its own growth. Now contrast 
that with the person who goes out, puts up the 
12 foot stake and when the corn starts through 
the ground they grab the top of it and they pull 
and pull and pull because they are determined 
to get it up to that goal. One process is to set the 
goal and then feed the growth-producing factor. 
The other is to set the goal and then demand the 
plant very quickly to meet the goal. So the goal 
becomes more important than the life of the 

Skiles: David, if a pastor of a church of about 100 
approached you and asked for some direction 
on goal setting, what steps would you suggest? 

Seifert: I would say that he should look at the year 
and look at the natural seasons and how people 
are normally affected in his ministry area during 
those seasons and times of the year. Then he 
should clarify his purposes and objectives and 
relate those to calendar emphases, in his 
preaching, outreach efforts, special programs, 
music, stewardship, and so forth. Every area of 
church life can be planned with the year in mind 
as it affects his community. That's where I would 
start with him. 

Skiles: Luke, what can you add to this? 

Kauffman: I think he ought to learn from someone 
he considers a winner, either in the secular 
world or the religious world. I think goals are 
caught rather than taught. Winners produce win- 
ners. He has to either read an admired writer or 
buddy-up to somebody who can inspire him and 
who honestly knows why he wants that friend- 
ship and is willing to invest in him. I think that's 
number one. Then he has to begin the process 
of learning to differentiate between adoption 
and adaption. He can never adopt somebody 
else's methodology or approach. He has to 
adapt it to his needs and brew his own recipe to 

his culture, his people's culture, the financial 
base that they currently have, and in all things he 
must know the difference between fatigue and 
growth/ If he fatigues the church, he's done for; 
but if he inspires them to grow, which is always a 
hairline from fatigue, he's on the way to ac- 
complishing his goals. 

Skiles: Any other suggestions? 

Rev. Knute Larson, pastor, 
Grace Brethren Church, 
Ashland, Ohio. 

Larson: I would make sure I have very, very strong 
personal goals. My goals for myself are much 
clearer and have always been challenging. I think 
if that caught on with the other church leaders 
and people, then church goals would be natural. 
So you have to first make sure your goals for 
yourself are very clear. #1 Your personal life, 
Your family life. #2 Your pulpit life. #3 Your 
pastoral care life. If those three areas are really 
showing that you are meeting your goals, then 
you're going to be able to influence people to 
set some other goals. And I would make sure 
that those first goals in the church are related to 
the spiritual ministries, physical things like pro- 
grams and building and all that, and then third 
outreach. If the first two are not there the people 
are going to think you're silly to talk about 

Seifert: Following up on this, I believe the place to 
begin in planning is to plan a year in advance. I 
believe that rather than thinking "Man, we need 
some ultimate master plan," we need to begin 
where we are and plan for a period of time that 
we can envision. Most of us can envision whafs 
going to happen in the next year. Then once we 
can do that, I think our ability grows in being 
able to plan for greater things, maybe two years 
down the road. I think it would help us if we 
would begin with a small practical example and 
then grow. 

Hocking: I would also suggest he begin by 
evaluating the previous ten years of ministry as 
to all kind of facts relating to the number of 
workers serving, people serving the Lord in 
specific jobs, number of people involved in 

evangelism, number of decisions for Christ, 
membership, baptism, whafs the church been 
used to, number of ministries they've gotten in- 
volved in, what would they like to see started, 
and all that kind of thing. You need a complete 
evaluation of previous ministry. Then I would 
begin to look at this and ask God to really lead 
us, and I would do this in consultation with a few 
of the lay leaders of the church. I'd really begin 
to ask God and these men on the basis of our 
past what can we believe God to do here 
Custer: He shouldn't try to get everything going. 
With a congregation of 100 he should try to do a 
half dozen things very, very well to give the peo- 
ple the feeling of success and to have a product 
he can demonstate. 

Skiles: Is there a fear of failure with goals? 

Custer: Of course, we're all afraid of failure. Thafs 
why we don't set goals. We're afraid we won't 
be able to do it and, of course, that's a master 
stroke of Satan because if we don't set any goals 
we're not walking by faith. Faith has accountabili- 
ty in it. There's no accountability in what is 
generally described as faith. Ifs better to set a 
goal and to fall ten short than not set a goal and 
stay status quo. At least you have direction and 
focus and purpose. People need to have 
measurable means of determining progress. 
Thafs why Jesus in the parable said "Now I gave 
you five talents and you came back with five 
more." Now that's measurable. He gave you one 
and you buried it. Thafs blasphemous. And we 
bury our talent by refusing to investigate and to 
explore and to involve ourselves in expanding 
the talent. We don't want to be accountable, 
and yet we really are. We will stand before the 
Lord and He's not going to be at all pleased 
when we say "But, Lord, I walked by faith. I was 
trusting you." And He will say "Trusting for 
what." And we'll say "Well, whatever You 
wanted to do." And He'll say "Hey, I gave you a 
manual, 66 books, where I told you what I 
wanted done. Why didn't you read the manual?" 

Skiles: I could see maybe an easy response to all 
this might be, "Well here these guys in big chur- 
ches are talking about goals and all that but it 
really doesn't apply to me." How do you re- 
spond to that? 

Hocking: Thafs like saying a child who is 16 years 
old is unrelated to when he was five. It just 
doesn't make any sense at all. Obviously, they 
were once in that condition and I think what a 
large church does is very, very helpful. 

I think one of the problems in a so-called small 
church syndrome is a lot of men are contented 
with what they have and use this as an excuse, a 
cop-out; instead of saying what can I learn, how 
can 1 grow? And I think this is a very serious prob- 
lem in many of our churches. We become con- 

Dr. David Hocking, pastor, 
Grace Brethren Church, 
Long Beach, Calif. 

tented with mediocrity and smallness as though 
that were somehow a virtue. I've met many dear 
people in these churches who are praying that 
God will somehow open the hearts of the 
leadership that they'll be challenged to reach a 
world for Christ. I don't care whether ifs in a 
rural community or in an urban setting. 

Skiles: Let me close by asking you about our 
Brethren Home Missions 1981 objectives. What 
do you think? 

SeKert: I like several of these. Number three, 
"Strengthen church selection process, concen- 
trating on productive community-minded chur- 
ches with evangelistic priorities." Our burden has 
to be that people need Christ first. Number two, 
in order to have Christ and to learn of Him and 
to follow Him they must have an evangelistic 
Bible-teaching church in that community. 
Number three, why not have it associated with 
the Fellowship of Grace Brethren Churches? The 
people starting a new church have to be com- 
mitted to the Great Commission before they're 
committed to any denominational expansion 
program. I think then your denonimation falls in- 
to the right perspective. 

Larson: I'm glad to see that some of your goals 
relate particularly to the care of the pastors. I 
think in all goal setting we need to talk about 
people's needs and not just big numbers. 

Kauffman: You know I'm partial. I think we should 
get these things out in the Herald pronto. I think 
they're practical. They're within reach. In the 
years to come we'll look back on these as little 
compared to the goals that we'll be doing and 
achieving in the days to come. 

Skiles: Thanks, Pastors! 

We'd like i;ou to become acquainted with the 
Alta Loma, California Grace Brethren Church 

The Alta Loma GBC began in 
1976 as a home Bible study 
group sponsored by the Glendora 
Bible Brethren Church under 
Rev. Kenneth Churchill. As the 
group rapidly grew, it was soon 
necessary for them to move into 
a bigger facility. In 1977 the 
group prayerfully decided to 
begin a total church 
program. They called Rev. 
Gary Nolan to their pulpit. 
The church's need for a 
permanent building soon 

but local 
loans seemed 
Then a loan 
from the 


considered. The rest is history. 
The Alta Loma Brethren moved 
into their beautiful new facility in 
November of 1980. Rev. Nolan 
wrote this to Walter Fretz, 
Financial Secretary of the BIF; 
Dear Walter Fretz, 
Just a personal note to thank 
liou and 
praise God 
for the 
ministri^ of 
the Brethren 
Being in our 
new building has been such a 
great blessing. There are ten new 
families that have started 
attending regularl}; since we 
moved in four months ago. There 
seems to be a whole new exciting 
spirit in our church. 

All this would have been 
impossible without the financial 
help of the Brethren Investment 

You saved us 
$142,000 in 
interest on our 
loan. Praise 

Gary Nolan 

The Brethren Investment 
Foundation has been helping 
vibrant, growing churches across 
America for over 25 years. In- 
vestments from people like you 
have made it possible. 

If you arc interested in starting 
a new account with us at 6.18% 
interest, or you would like to add 
to your existing account, get in 
touch with us at: 

The Brethren Investment Founda- 

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(219) 267-5161 

Brethren Investment Foundation 

Investments with Eternal Dividends 

A Milestone 

by Lee Ann Miller 

Church Secretary 

The Valley Grace Brethren 
Church is located in a little- 
known western Pennsylvania 
town— Armagh. The people who 
attend our church live within a 
20-mile radius of the church 
building. Since our church began 
preaching the Gospel six years 
ago, we have become the largest 
church in the immediate area. 
Some of our members have 
never attended any other church, 
but we have apparently made a 
"splash" in this community with 
something vitally important to 
offer people— eternal life in 

When Dave Plaster, the 
founding pastor, was called to 
Warsaw, Indiana, we felt 
uncertain about our future under 
new leadership. It was difficult to 
accept the fact that it was God's 
will for our fearless leader to 
leave us. Some of us had never 
known any other pastor. 
Eventually, we called Alan 
Clingan, associate pastor at 
Riverside Grace Brethren Church, 
Johnstown, Pennsylvania— our 
mother church. As the church 
council interviewed our 
candidate his "pastor's heart" was 
evident. He was very definitely 
God's man for us, and we were 
very definitely his people. 

On the tenth of February, 
1980, Pastor Clingan began his 
ministry here. He started by 
telling us of his plans for us to 
become all that God intended. 
He assured us that he had never 
been more certain of being in 
the center of God's will than 

when he accepted the call to be 
our pastor. We were viewed as a 
sort of "sleeping giant," and he 
considered his call here to be a 
young pastor's dream. Pastor 
Clingan set as his first goal to 
adapt himself to the people and 
to get the feel of the church. 
After he was able to determine 
our overall spiritual condition, he 
planned to take steps to shape 
us. Our biggest need seemed to 
be awakening to the challenge of 
moving on in the Christian life. 
We had come to a point of 
complacency, and he wanted us 
to see that there's more to being 
Christians than just being saved. 
We needed to realize personal 
goals and strive for spiritual 
excellency in Christ (Pastor's 
theme song). 

Pastor Clingan commented, "I 
found this church to be in an 
ideal position to be molded and 
to grow. The people were willing 
and ready to follow new 

leadership. It was just an ideal 

The first step taken, aside from 
preaching and teaching, was the 
development of an outreach 
program that includes a 
discipleship plan. If s a slow 
process, but the people who 
have come to know the Lord in 
recent months through this 
program indicate that all the 
effort pays big dividends. There j 
have been 68 people saved in 
eight months. Twenty-one of 
them have become members. 
Most have practiced good 
stewardship from the outset of 
their Christian lives, and they 
attend regularly. We can see that 
discipleship adds the dimension 
of quality church growth. 

People have responded to the 
preaching and teaching ministry 
as the sermons have expressed 
our needs. The evidence is seen 
in changed lives, new interest in 
outreach, a spirit of revival, 

The Valley Grace Brethren Church honored churches and individuals who have con- 
tributed to Armagh's success, (left to right) Mr. Larry Rickard, former pastor; Pastor 
Alan Clingan, current pastor; Rev. David Plaster, former pastor; Rev. Don Rough, 
pastor of the Riverside Grace Brethren Church, Mother church; and Dr. Lester E. 
Pifer, executive director of Brethren Home Missions. 

amilies reconciling differences, 
aeople showing signs of spiritual 

rowth, a desire to become what 

'lod wants us to be as 
ndlviduals, and a vision for what 
liod wants to do with us as a 
:hurch body. All these results 
ieem to underscore the fact the 
Man Clingan is, indeed, called to 
ihepherd this flock. 

Our Bible school program this 
/ear saw 47 first-time decisions 
or Christ, and was one of the 
argest Bible schools in this 
:hurch's history. Those 47 
decisions showed the teachers 
:hat they should set goals for 
eaching, not just teaching, their 

August, usually associated with 
the summer slump, produced 
the largest monthly income 
during the year up to that point. 
We had, for the first time, sent in 
more than our full monthly 
payment on our building. Before 
that we had only made our 
appropriated amount once or 
twice. A simple note of 
appreciation came back from 
Walter Fretz of the Brethren 
Investment Foundation- "Praise 
the Lord!" Our sentiments 

September began with an 
upswing in attendance. Most 
remarkable was the increase in 
attendance on Wednesday and 
Sunday evenings. In March the 
average attendance on Sunday 
evening was 30-36, and in the 
20s on Wednesday evening. 
Both services ended the month 
of September with average 
attendances of 60-67. 

Our long-awaited, self- 
supporting goal was suddenly 
realized without any special 
plans being made. It just 
happened, much to the 
amazement of the church 
treasurer and financial secretary. 
The financial committee 
members were scratching their 
heads. Apparently, the Lord 
decided it was high time for us 
to get off the list of Brethren 
Home Missions Council 
dependents, and He took care of 
our financial struggle while we 
weren't even looking! 

October was set aside for a 
special emphasis on church 
growth. We called it "Harvest for 
Souls Month." Pastor Clingan 
encouraged us to invite people 
to come out for "Harvest 
Sunday" and to pray 15 minutes 

a day the week before that 
Sunday. The around-the-clock 
prayer vigil paid off. The weather 
was terrible (we didn't pray for 
that), but the Lord showed us 
that He is faithful and He 
brought in six more people than 
we had asked for! 

The church council decided in 
November that we should start 
setting aside our Wednesday 
evening offering to be put in a 
special fund for future 
construction. Since we have had 
190 people in attendance on 
Sunday morning, 70 at prayer 
meeting and 70 on Sunday 
evening, it has become evident 
that we will soon be crowded 
out of our building. 

As Pastor Clingan evaluates his 
ministry here so far, he sees 
many things for us to strive for 
now. Revival is the beginning. 
We need an increase in 
numbers, but even more we 
need to experience the victories 
that really count, as registered by 
the changes in people's lives as 
they hear the Word of Cod 
preached and yield to the 
leading of the Holy Spirit. Only 
this will bring lasting fruit and 
growth. We have committed 
ourselves in prayer to this first 
and foremost goal. The people 
must also be challenged to give 
with dedication in a sacrificial 
way to reduce our mortgage so 
that we can expand our quarters 
to accommodate more people 
coming in. Our church must 
develop a well-rounded vision of 
those around us who are lost 
without Christ and reach out to 
our community, and around the 
world. It certainly seems that 
God has selected us to be the 
church in this area for spreading 
the Gospel, and feeding the 
people with spiritual food. 

The big milestone we've waited 
for so long has happened. 
January 4, 1981, was our self- 
support Sunday. It was 
appropriate that Dave Plaster be 
our guest speaker, as he's shared 
with us from the beginning. 
However, we must remember 
that our celebration is only a 
milestone. We have a lot more 
work ahead, and we're 
determined to carry out God's 
will for us. 

From the Fellowship of Grace Brethren Churches 

□ John Sholly has asked that his name not be con- 
sidered for another year of pastoral service at Car- 
win, Iowa. He will be available for Christian service 
following the close of the school year. 

D Director of Nursing position available at Crace 
Village Health Care Facility. The facility now in con- 
struction is expected to be ready for occupancy in 
September of 1981. Minimum requirement would 
be R.N. degree and should be available by June 1, 
1981. If interested, contact ShePA/ood Durkee, Ad- 
ministrator, Crace Village Retirement Center, P.O. 
Box 337, Winona Lake, Indiana 46590. Phone 


Dr. Robert B. Collitt, Stewardship Counselor for the 
Grace Brethren Missions Stewardship Service, will 
be speaking at the following Crace Brethren chur- 

Crace Brethren Church, Brooksville, Fla.; Feb. 
15-18. William Willard, pastor. 

Crace Brethren Church of St. Petersburg, St. 
Petersburg, Fla.; Feb. 22-25. Daryle Emch, pastor. 

Home Missions Pastor's Conference, Okeechobee, 
Fla; (Crace Brethren Church). John Diaz, pastor. 

Crace Brethren Church, Okeechobee, Fla.; March 
8-11. John Diaz, pastor. 

ycur annual 

Aires, Argentina, South America. D Pages 33 and 
103, Peter Peer, P.O. Box 588, Winona Lake, Ind. 
46590. D Page 33, Rev. and Mrs. Kent Cood, 21 
Bid. de la Republique, 71000 Chalon sur Saone, 
France. D Pages 33 and 99, Rev. and Mrs. Hill 
Maconaghy, 4061 58th Ave., North, Lot 206, St. 
Petersburg, Fla. 33714. D Page 96, Rev. and Mrs. 
Elliott Hudson, Le Sequoia, Charriere Blanche, 
69130 Ecully, France. D Page 93, Rev. and Mrs. 
Philip Cegner, 1327 Barnes Dr., Columbus, Ohio 
43229. D Page 33, Miss Margaret Hull, 1632 N. 
38th Ave., Phoenix, Ariz. 85009. D Page 34, Miss 
Mary Lois Miller, MVA N. Walnut St., Lewistown, 
Pa. 17044. □ Page 93, Jack Galle (Judy), 119 E. 
29th St., Buena Vista, Va. 24416 (Tel. 
703/261-3780). Associate pastor of the First 
Brethren Church, Buena Vista, Va. D Page 71, 
Community Brethren Church, 10778 Footwall Dr., 
Grass Valley, Calif. 95945. D Page 81, Crace 
Brethren Church, 315 S. Edwards Ave., 
Chambersburg, Pa. 17201. 


' S1X1" 

□ The addresses for the following persons should 
be changed: Pages 32 and 93, Rev. and Mrs. Earl 
Futch, Cordoba 3008, 1878 Quilmes Oeste, Buenos 

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"My heart overflows with a good 
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the joy, joy, joy, joy, down in my 
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Is it there with you? 
Romans 12:11 urges us to be 
"fervent in spirit, serving the Lord." 
Thafs bubbling in spirit really. 
How many bubbles are in yours? 
Wait. I'm not talking about giddy 
experiences, or First Church of the 
Goosebump. Salvation is not an 
experience, as such. It does not 
change our nervous systems. 
But . . . 

Because of the presence of 
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peace, a Christian indeed 
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Effective Christian education 
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While we're at it, here are some 
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1. Are you glad to be where 
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2. Aside from being tired 
physically, are you eager to 
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3. Are people attracted to ask 
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4. Do you find conversations 
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6. Do people seem glad to see 
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7. Do you smile easily? 

8. Do people smile at you? 

9. Do you enjoy the Bible, and 
find it comfirming your 
outlook on life? 

10. Do you pray for and give to 
support GBC Christian 

11. Do you find yourself eager 
to share what you believe 
and love about God? 

12. Do you sing, as in Ephesians 

13. At the end of a service, are 
you thinking about what you 
didn't like about it or what 
you can use and grow by? 

14. Do you look at people's 
eyes when you talk to them? 

15. When you read Psalm 45:1 
can you say, "Mine does 

With joy in Christ, 

and appreciation for your care for 

GBC Christian Education, 

CBC Christian Ed Staff: The four directors will be speaking at a CE Church Ministries Seminar in Mansfield, Ohio, March 18-19, and 
at Myerstown, Pa., March 21 . . . Ginny Toroian recently took the Grace Seminary Christian ed course taught by Lewis, Muggins, 
Ashman, and Larson. "A good student," the teachers said . . . Kevin Muggins recently spent a weekend at the Chambersburg CBC 
with workshops on discipleship . . . Gladys Deloe, much appreciated for her youth secretary work, has left to fulfill her dream— an 
interior-decorator. We thank her, and will call when remodeling! . . . Brian Roseborough, former director of Timothy Teams, is 
enjoying his minstry as youth pastor at Simi Valley, California . . . Marilyn Johnson is no longer with us, as our printing process has 
changed. We thank her for her hard work during her time here . . . Kevin and Tina Huggins will soon be the parents of a third 







by Kevin Huggins, f^ 

cKaS:L°EdZ,on: ^/?inq Back the Dislntereste 

Chaplain, Grace College ^-^ » 

"We don't know what to do with 
her. She used to love church. Now 
she says she doesn't care and will not 
even talk to us about Cod." 

"When we were first married, he 
used to come with me. Then 
somebody got too pushy, he says, 
and now we do not even pray 
together as a family." 

"He used to come to youth group 
all the time. That is where we first 
met. Everybody was so excited when 
he accepted Christ at the retreat. It is 
hard to understand how somebody 
could turn his back on all of it so 

The writer of Hebrews warned us, 
"Take care, brethren, lest there 
should be in any one of you an evil, 
unbelieving heart, in falling away 
from the living Cod." The 
phenomena of "christianized" people 
getting disillusioned or losing interest 
is not peculiar to the "Pepsi genera- 
tion." It is a universal experience and 
local churches still gasp at it. We 
have good theology to explain it, but 
diagnosis alone does not heal. 

"But encourage one another day 
after day, as long as it is still called 
'Today,' lest anyone of you be 
hardened by the deceitfulness of sin" 
(Heb. 3:13). Scripture holds believers 
responsible for reaching out to the 
rebellious. This is one of the hardest 
assignments for Christian parents as 
they deal with rebellious teens. Or 
for wives and children as they are ex- 
asperated by the spiritual disinterest 
of the man of the house. For chur- 
ches, too, who are continually re- 
quired to muster the same flexibility 
and tolerance to pain for its disillu- 
sioned that it takes to realign 
dislocated joints. 

Hostile and disinterested people 
come close to taking joy out of 
ministry. They seem to stand in the 
way, often, of spiritual vic- 
tories-memorials that something 
went wrong somewhere with the 
church's maturity machinery. 

If it wasn't for this early warning 
"pain" system, though, how else 
could Cod alert a church to its 
breakdowns and weaknesses? 

Disinterested and hostile people in 
the wake of a church's ministry are 
tracers that a wise church can use 
like an X-ray. Believers are renewed 
and strenghtened when they stretch 
to learn and care about those that 
seem shipwrecked. 

We have collected some ways to 
grow and cope with disinterest and 
hostility in others from the lives of 
some very successful Christians. In 
fact, it is hard to find success where 
strong opposition has not left its 
mark. We hope they help. 

1. Use disinterest in others as a 
mirror. Both Jesus and Paul discount 
the effectiveness of anyone who tries 
to help another without helping 
himself first (Matt. 7:3-4; 1 Cor. 9:27). 
Some disinterest in others has its 
roots in careless handling by those 
who aspired to teach them. When 
students are fully trained they will be 
like their teachers. Maybe they only 
got "half-trained." Or maybe they 
learned more fully than the teachers 
intended, imitating some of the hid- 
den attitudes in a not-so-hidden man- 

Some disinterest toward spiritual 
things can be avoided if the Christian 
workers avoid bad ministry habits - 
forcing changes on people too quick- 
ly .. . sharing confidences 
. . . refusing to accept criticism and 
suggestions . . . breaking promises 
and time commitments . . . scolding 
or correcting in a harsh manner . . . 
blaming others for failures. All of 
these disillusion people and turn 
them away from Christ. 

2. Approach the disinterested 
with a thankful spirit. Paul always 
did, even with the Corinthians (1 Cor. 
1:4-8). Focusing the eyes on a fixed 
point can cure seasickness when all 
else is whitecapping. A disoriented 
Christian needs a joyful stable figure 
to watch. Thank Cod for how He can 
use them to stretch you. Then tell 
that you are thankful for your rela- 

3. Show them why you are con- 



cerned. Paul was afraid for the C( 
rinthians and showed them why d '^ 
Cor. 12:20-21). Be gentle and use th 
Scriptures. The Scriptures and lov 
are the only things that penetrate tH f 
thick skins of hostility and apath f"' 
(Heb. 4:12). Help them read an 1" 
study verses that underline the coK w 
sequences of their actions, and givi f 
hope for a way of escape. 


4. Praise them for anything thi i*; 
is praiseworthy in their lives. "No-Ilf 
I praise you because . . ." was a conL i 
mon part of Paul's approach t| Kof 
troubled Christians (1 Cor. 11:2 ifcy 
Begin with what they're doing rigl^ ((| 
Commend them and encourag tc 
them to add some more "riglj jjf 
things." Right things crowd out di| :^ 
wrong things. Amputation is usualiyi ^, 
surgeon's last resort. L[, 

5. Communicate to them thi 
you like it when they are arounc f,j 
Paul made people feel a part of hi^ ,f 
(Phil. 1:8). Why do disinterested peci,' ^p,; 
pie usually just get mor,jfr., 
disinterested? Why does attendanc, ,((. 
grow more and more erratic? No orii ||j| 
likes to feel other people's disaj, ([,„, 
proval or disgust. It is natural f(i jjj, 
mature Christians to prefer eaq i|j 
other's company, but real maturii| ,]j^^ 
must also embrace immaturity. Pee, 
pie get disinterested when they ar^L, 
received less than enthusiasticall'J 
People get hostile when they dor 
feel wanted. Keep them close. Kee 
them warm. 

6. 7/e them to healthy ii\ 
fluences. Introduce them to peopi 
that would be good for them (i p^ 
know. Paul's strategy for breakirj ^. 
through disinterest was to insula! ,| 
the weak Christians from harmf»i \^ 


(Timothy, Titus, and others). On J 
person can almost never brej \^ 
through a disinterested field alone.' ^ 
takes a team to assault and penetra'. ij^, 
it. Start developing opportunities an i^ 
activities that will involv ^ 
disinterested people with intereste ^^ 

II relationships and to tie them int| 
people who had good hean 

tid Hostile 

)ple. Recreational programs can 
ly minister to the disinterested. 

Explain to them why you do 
igs the way you do. Otherwise 
y misunderstand and project the 
St motives. Enthusiasm and com- 
ment scare disinterested people. 
Igs that enthusiastic and com- 

[ted people do seem strange to 
m. They are often threatened. 
il was forever explaining to the 
\aker churches why he did the 
figs he did-why he didn't visit 
r re often . . . why he took offerings 

{why he was in prison . . . why so 
ny disliked him . . . why he had to 
rect Peter. All of his explanations 
re an attempt to keep them on 
inside. Disinterested people have 
;stions, but are afraid to ask. If you 
not explain without them asking, 
ly will draw their own conclusions. 

Figure out creative ways to 
Ve them. People often get 
nterested when they feel used or 
jlected. They need to sense that 
ir concerns are your concerns, 
I that they cannot hurt without it 
ching you. It was a night- and day- 
nmitment involving a lot of work 
h the hands that injected Paul into 

bloodstreams and hearts of the 
ssalonian believers (1 Thess. 2:9). 
)k for real material needs that the 
nterested have, and then work 
sonally and quietly to let them 
)w you care— a card ... a visit ... a 
id with a badly needed work 
ject ... a ride ... a piece of equip- 
nt . . . a meal. 

Practice openness. Dis- 
rested people generally are not 
)py. They have discovered that life 
•oring and miserable apart from a 
se relationship to Christ, and feel 
Jeiess. Many would like to 
inge, but do not know how. They 
I cut off from the Christian com- 
nity. It is important to com- 
nicate to them that they are 
Icome to come and talk. Let them 
«3w that you will not overreact or 
:i)nounce a condemnation if they 

talk openly about their struggles. Do 
not let them cut themselves off. 
Keep in touch, but make very few 
demands. Listen five minutes for 
every one minute you talk. 

70. Use your personal relation- 
ship and love to stimulate them. 
Relationships rather than rules 
motivate obedience. Paul often used 
his close relationships to people as 
the incentive for their service. "Make 
me proud of you," the Apostle Paul 
would call as he picked someone 
from the bench and sent him into the 
game (2 Cor. 8:24). The coach and 
player had spent time together so 
that a confidence developed. Neither 
wanted to sacrifice that, so pleasing 
each other mattered. The writer of 
Hebrews emphasizes this as the 
value of assembling together regular- 
ly as believers, "let us consider how 
to stimulate one another to love and 
good deeds, not forsaking our own 
assembling together . . ." (Heb. 

77. Pray specifically for their 
spiritual development. As you spot 
seeds of disinterest and roots of 
hostility pray specifically for inner 
developments in others. Paul prayed 
that the Philippians "might approve 
the things that are excellent." And 
that Ephesians might have "the eyes 
of their hearts enlightened." Clearly 
describe to God the disinterested 
person's need as you understand it. 
Then share what you prayed with 
that person. Paul regularly shared 
with people what his desire and 
prayer was for them. It is another 
way God can begin to use your 
prayer to penetrate the heart of the 

72. Act as if you were the 
answer to your own prayer. 
Understand that God uses men to 
sharpen men. When you pray for 
spiritual qualities to be developed in 
others, He needs a tool to bring it 
about. Paul reported to the Thessalo- 
nians what his prayer was for them 
and that he could not wait to get 
there and personally start to make 
happen what he had asked God to 
do in prayer (1 Thess. 3:10-12). God 
will use all kinds of people and 
events to draw people to Him, but 
His principal method for those you 
care about will involve you and your 
relationship with them. 

The Growing Church" 

Patterson Memorial Brethren Church 

Roanoke, Virginia 

Ron Thompson, Pastor 


It All 

Concerned about the 
soaring prices of fuel oil and 
gasoline, our congregation 
took some energy conserva- 
tion measures— and it fostered 
growth, promoted fellowship, 
and rewarded our families 
with a couple of extra 
evenings together at home 
each month. 

The first Sunday of every 
month following the morning 
celebration, our families enjoy 
a potluck meal together. 
Then,, while our teens and 
SMM girls help with dishes 
and child care, our WMC and 
Men's Fellowship meet 
together in an "upper room" 
for prayer, singing, and 
devotions led by various 
members. Afterwards, we 
break for separate (and brief) 
business meetings, finishing 
around 2:30 p.m. 

As a result of putting it all 
together we have seen an 
increase in attendances over 
previous meetings in homes. 
A greater enthusiasm and 
closer fellov.ship seems to 
prevail among our people. 
While we only utilize this 
method during the winter 
months, it would probably be 
effective anytime. Try it— and 

Hoping to help . . . 


Grace Seminary CE Courses 

In the fall semester of 1980, GBC 
CE and Grace Theological 
Seminary began a joint endeavor 
to better prepare pastors and 
other church personnel in the area 
of Christian education. The 
course, Christian Education of 
Adults and Youth, approached the 
need for a practical ministry 
philosophy head-on. The con- 
cepts, taught by Knute Larson and 
Ed Lewis, with input from Kevin 
Huggins and Judy Ashman and 
several guest lecturers, were not 
only interesting but . . . 

"Very practical; exciting ideas. 

Assignments were good-both 

the reading and projects." 

"The best part of the class is not 
the information given or 

resources delineated-although 
this is excellent-but the attitude 

I've gained through the class." 

"Let me take this chance to 

thank you for one of the most 

worthwhile and useful classes 

I've had here at Grace." 

"I've learned so much. Now I'm 

frustrated because I want so 

much to put it into practice right 


Above: Kevin 
Huggins conducting 
one of the class 

Left: Discussion 
continues after 
class with Knute 


Church Ministry Seminars 

Last January GBC CE began 
holding regional seminars to assist 
local churches in their church 
ministries and outreach. With a 
theme like "Hoping to Help . . ." 
thafs what Church Ministries 
Seminars are all about. 

Church Ministries Seminars are 
designed for anyone interested in 
sharpening his ministry skills, or 
just looking for new ideas to 
enhance existing programs. 

GBC CE seeks to make the 
seminar experience one that is 
practical for large and small 
churches. We're convinced that 

local church ministry is the most 
exciting and profitable pursuit in 
which any man or woman could 
invest his life. 

"Your ministry here for the CE 
Seminar was a great help to our 
staff and teachers. I want to say 

thanks for being a part of our 
ministries here." 

"It was a great experience to 

have the team here. Our 

teaching staff was really 

challenged and the reports from 

the other churches were very 


"The session themes 
encouraged, reinforced, and 
motivated one's thinking in 
service to the Lord. Thanks!" 

"We appreciated the seminar 
the other week. Thanks for your 
concern to help us minister!" 

Thank you for helping us help! 
For more information or to give 
help on either of these ministries, 

GBC Christian Education, P.O. Box 
365, Winona Lake, IN 46590 

Women Manifesting 



Mrs. Dan (Miriam) Pacheco, 413 Kings Highway, Winona Lake, 
Ind. 46590-219/267-7603 

First Vice President 

Mrs. Dean (Ella Lee) Rlsser, 58 Holiday Hill, Lexington, Ohio 

Second Vice President 

Mrs. James (Tncelne) Custer, 2515 Carriage Lane, Powell, Ohio 


Mrs. Fred (Margie) Devan, )r., 2507 Vancouver Dr., N.W., 
Roanoke, Va., 24012-703/366-2843 

Assistant Secretary 

Mrs. Donald (Marilyn) Weltmer, Route #1, Box 131 
Cerrardstown, W. Va. 25420-304/229-3920 

Financial Secretary-Treasurer 

Miss Joyce Ashman, 602 Chestnut Avenue, Winona Lake, Ind. 

Assistant Financial Secretary-Treasurer 

Mrs. Bill (Shirley) Stevens, Box 59, R. R. 1, Lake Odessa, Mich. 

Literature Secretary 

Mrs. Ralph (Betty) Hall 


Mrs. Noel (Linda) Hoke, R. R. 1, Hickory Estates, Warsaw, ind. 

Prayer Chairman 

Mrs. John (Sally) Neely, 121 S. Walnut Street, Troy, Ohio 

Route #3, Box 297, Warsaw, Ind. 


Project: Refurnishing 

of Seminary Lounge 

Addition of Student 


Due Date: March 10, 1981 

Goal: $8500.00 

Missionary Birthdays 

APRIL 1981 

(If address is not listed, the address will be found on pages 32-34 
of the 1981 Grace Brethren Annual.) 


Suzanne Mensinger April 9, 1969 

Miss Evelyn Tschetter April 29 


Rev. Solon Hoyt April 2 

Rev. Ralph Robinson April 6 


Lois Burk April 9, 1969 

Rev. Nornnan Johnson April 1 5 

Miss Barbara Hulse April 27 

Mrs. Sandy Farner April 29 

Jonathan Farner April 29, 1971 


Mary Alice (Molly) Hudson April 10, 1972 


Miss Edna Haak April 1 


Mrs. Amy Cuerena April 5 


Rev. J. Keith Altig April 9 

Mrs. Lenora Williams April 1 5 

Deborah Austin April 26, 1965 

''^r the Cord $rant$ wisdom! \li}zitry word 
is a treasure of knowled^ and understanding. 

' •* PBCVER8S2 6 




Missionary chests are a part of the WMC program. 
Keeping one filled is an on-going project. The following 
are some suggestions for items to be included in gifts of 
this nature. Please remember that, if few missionaries 
come to your church on deputation, other methods are 
available for dispersing these goods to those who serve 
the Lord in foreign missionary service. 

Do not leave items for the male missionary out of your 
collection. Please collect personal items, handkerchiefs, 
sweaters, shaving items, bath powder and hand tools, 
perma-press shirts and trousers, and so forth. This might 
be an interesting way to include the men of your church 
in a WMC meeting. They could contribute some items 
that they would like to see included for the missionary 
men to choose. 

Two or three members of a WMC could go together on 
some of the larger items and then they would have the 
missionaries well-stocked. 

Write to the missionaries that will be coming to your 
area ahead of time for their personal needs and get 
clothing in their sizes or all go together on one large 
project. Better yet, take the missionary shopping. 

Money gifts are always appreciated for the items no one 
else can buy for you. 

Why not fill your missionary chest with some of the 
following next month. 

magic markers 
desk articles 
typing paper 
small toys 
coloring books 
ball point pens 
embroidery floss 
holiday napkins 
wrapping paper 
plastic shower curtains 

double sheets 
disposable wash-ups 
small kitchen tools 
canning lids 
stainless steel mixing 

assorted rick rack, 

dark towels and 


by Mrs. Dan Pacheco, National WMC President 

"Dear Jesus, thank you for this beautiful day 
. . ." How many times have I heard that 

Sunny days 

rainy days 

happy days 

sad days 

important days 

routine days 

clear days 

stormy days 

fresh-as-sprlng days 

dreary-as-winter days 

My children are in a rut— I must make them 
stop and think what they are praying. 

But my cliiid, no matter what the day— it can 
be beautiful. Yield each minute to Me. Abide 
in Me. Surrender your will to Mine each day. I 
will guide you. I will give you joy. I will fill 
your heart with peace. I will never leave you. I 
will never forget you. 

Thank you Lord. I hear You. But why can't I 
view each day as my children do? Do the 
years make that much difference? Do the 
cares of each day make me forget Your 
promises and power? Have 1 grown too old 
for childlike faith and trust? 

lust remember-l know what is best for you. 
I want what is best for you. I'll give what is 
best for you. Not occasionally, but each day. 
If you let me, I'll do it. 

Yes, I will remember. Lord. And thank You 
for the precious children You used to teach 
me this lesson. Thank You that I am Your 
child. Thank you for this beautiful day. 

My Window on the World 

I like to think of WMC as my window on the world. Being that almost 
extinct person, a non-working wife whose family is grown and gone from 
home, how dull my four walls could be. And what I see through the 
windows of television and today's journalism sickens me. 

But ah, the windows of WMC! What beautiful visions I see through them! 
Africa is no longer dark nor far away. There I see other WMC women, OTN 
they call themselves, studying the Bible, cooking for conference, going to 
prayer meeting early in the morning before they go to gardens, and telling 
their friends about Christ. There I see three of this year's WMC birthday 
missionaries working. 

In Argentina, I see another of the birthday missionaries serving with her 
husband in the first of the Brethren mission fields. I watch as the Lord uses 
more national laborers in this field of endeavor and I pray for more 
national pastors. 

I see two fields in the land of Brazil and watch as each one reaches 
people of seemingly different cultures in the same large country. In 
Mexico, I watch as the Lord uses missionaries in border ministries as well as 
in the heart of the country. 

Happy young people and family groups meet at the Chateau de St. 
Albain and in various other groups in France as they hear the glorious 
Gospel in French. Missionaries continue with diligence in Puerto Rico and 
Germany and the message of salvation goes forth. 

The view through my other window may be dark and gloomy, but 
through my WMC window, with a special concentration on missionaries in 
language school, "the prospects are as bright as the promises of God." 


-Lucille Smith, Ashland, Ohio 

Be a Bookworm 

If the midwinter blahs are slowly catching up with you, 
remember there is a prescription already written to help you 
recover. When the days are drafty and the nights positively 
cold, curl up with one of the WMC reading books for the 
1980-81 year and, before you know it, spring will be here. Even 
if you live where the weather is always nice, the reading 
material provided in these volumes can change the pace of a 
ho-hum existence. 

The journey by Myrna Grant 

God! Who Else by Claire and Ruth Greiner 

Disciplines of the Beautiful Woman by Anne Ortlund 

VcT) PoiDter 

Pen Pointers; do you know just 

what they are, 
Or how they should be used? 
Do you hide yours down in a 

And never search for news? 

These folders hardly weigh a ton 
Yet worth their weight in gold. 
When WMC questions puzzle 

Their story should be told. 

They tell us what our Council is 
And how we should not shirk. 
They give ideas of what to do 
To make our Council work. 

They emphasize "Frontiers 

Where Christ we needs must 

To those who never heard of 

We should "Pray and Give and 


Women's Missionary Council 
That's our title and it's right. 
But our purpose is explicit— 
"Women Manifesting Christ." 

—Marian N. Browning 



Support your current project 

hfone MissionslGRf^CG schools 

support starting of 

Navajo High School 

$8^00 Due-Dec. 10, 1980 

refurnishing Seminary 

lounge, mailboxes, 

$8,500 Due-March 10, 1981 



new missions residence, 

electronic typewriter, 

support for African pastor 

in the U.S. 

310,000 Due-June 10, 1981 


program packets, HERALD 

pages. Pen Pointers, 

conference expense, 

and so forth 

$8,000 Due-September 10, 1981 


Jewish missions 


support of Birthday 




sponsorship of director 


Use national, district, or local Interests. 




Building a 
Brethren Boys 
work is like 
learning to build 
a campfire. It 
takes gentle 
nurture and 

by Jack Seitzinger 

^ Vice President. FCBM 

and Principal, Worthington Christian Elementary School, 
Columbus, Ohio 
(An indepth interview with Pastor Ed lackson) 

Jack: Ed, we've known each other for a long time, but 
I haven't been involved with Brethren Men nearly as 
long as you have. How did you get started with the 
Brethren Men? 

Ed: Well actually. Jack, it goes back many years to 
when I was a layman. I was one of the men in the 
church, and I was searching to find where I could 
minister. I knew there was much written about youth 
serving in the church; but when it came down to the 

'The Scripture teaches, Faithful men able to 
teach others also.' " 

men themselves, I wondered in my heart just where 
they fitted in. Much of my prayer and thought were in 
this area. I was asked to serve as the president of the 
old Brethren laymen s organization. I really had not 
given it too much thought since I wasn't involved in 
that organization. I felt that it was just sort of a 
gathering of men once a month. They read the minutes 
and went through the ritual, but I wasn't involved 
because it was not meaningful to me. I really felt there 
had to be more to men being in the church than 
attending a monthly meeting where probably the most 
exciting thing they did was read the minutes. That 
really bothered me. I had been active with my own 
boys' club when I was in college. I got a bunch of little 
river rats off the Delaware River when I was going to 
school and started a boys' club. 

Jack: Was this your outreach or the men's 

Ed: Well, it was my own outreach. We leamed some 
Scriptures and I taught them from Cod's Word. 1 had 
them in Sunday school class, too. I got into the Ohio 
Highway Patrol and it was always concerned that the 
troopers be involved in either the Boys Scouts, the Pals, 
or some other community function. Then I was 
introduced to the Christian Service Brigade and the old 
Brethren boys' clubs. I had a Brethren boys' club years 
ago. We played basketball, other games, and we taught 
the boys from the Scriptures. While I was in the 
NUrines I had learned to do a lot with a rope, with 
weaving, and things like that so I began to teach some 
of these crafts to the boys. I just recruited men to work 
with me as I worked with the boys. As a trooper and 
police officer. I realized there was a great need for 
these boys to know Jesus Christ as their Lord and 
Saviour. Our plan was that they might learn about the 
Christian life from godly men. As a matter of fact, I had 
a great concern for my own son that there were two 

things he would know: the first is to know the Lord 
Jesus Christ as his personal Saviour, and the second is 
to know and have exposure to a lot of godly men. 1 
praise the Lord because my son does know the Lord; 
and, of course, he is now a man in his own right and 
has his own family. Realizing the need in my own son's 
life made me aware of the needs in other boys' lives. 

Jack: Ed, you started out as a layman and then you 
were called to serve in Alaska as a pastor. You have 
been a pastor ever since. Through all of this, what sort 
of philosophy have you developed toward Brethren 
men? Where do you see it going? 

Ed: Well, of course, what started out as this laymen's 
organization was not a viable organization at that time. 
It was just a group of men that got together at each 
national conference. Then it became the national men's 

"Our best raw material is our boys. Thafs 

where these pastors, missionaries, workers, 

and Christian businessmen come from." 

organization with its own director and I was the first 
director. We formed a board of directors, and then the 
outreach ministry of that organization became the boys' 
ministry which actually came through the study of the 
Word. Jack, you mentioned about laymen and pastors. 
I really don't see much difference between when I was 
a so-called layman and now a pastor. About the only 
thing that has changed is the name. My feet are the 
same size— they still have just as much clay in them as 
when I was trooping. I functioned as a deacon or 
whatever my office might have been, and I really try to 
minimize the difference. We all serve God. 

Jack: I hear some say things like "Brethren boys is a 
baby-sitting organization. " Do you get offended when 
you hear this? 

Ed: Yes, I do because it isn't that at all. I am of the 
opinion. Jack, that what we call "Family Night," when 
everyone gathers at the church on Wednesday night, is 
the reason for the misconception and problem. Now I 
agree with family concepts, but let me say that family 
night ends up taking the place of prayer meeting for a 
lot of men; and I'll tell you as one of the men in the 
church, it is necessary for me to go to prayer meeting. I 
felt this years ago when they would try to get us all 
meeting the same night in the week. That was a baby- 
sitting service because some of those boys didn't want 
to be there. The only reason they were there was 
because their mom and dad made them attend. I am 
sure the same thing is true of the girls' work. We as a 
group of men said that we'll worry about the extra 
night in the week, but we personally needed to go to 
prayer meeting. Let us have our boys' ministry on some 
other night other than Wednesday. 

Jack: Ed, doesn't Wednesday night meetings give you 
a lot more boys to work with? Aren't you interested in 

Ed: Yes, thafs right. But when I want them there, it is ' 
because they desire to be there and not because they 
have been put in the "slammer," so to speak. i 

Jack: Are you saying that there is a quality that you 
strive for in Brethren boys? That it is not for everybody? 

Ed: Yes, that's true. Everybody doesn't do everything, 
and with boys I would prefer to work with a few boys 
and see that few grow in grace and knowledge of the 
Lord Jesus Christ. I would prefer to see them discipled 
by men as one man working with no more than ten 
boys. 1 much prefer to see a ratio of one to four. 

Jack: Wow! Can you get that many men? 

Ed: Yes, we have no problem if the program is 
structured properly and the right emphasis is put forth. 
In my present church we have a beautiful boys' work. 
We have 8 boys. You say, "Well, in a church of 100 

'Our plan was that they might learn about 
the Christian life from godly men." 

people you have only 8 boys?" Yes, that's right, we 
have 8 boys. But the beauty of it is that we have 8 mer 
working with those 8 boys and those boys are truly 
being discipled. Our best raw material is our boys. 
Thafs where these pastors, missionaries, workers, and 
Christian businessmen come from. Ifs the same for the 
girls, too. Where do we get pastors' wives, missionaries' 
wives, and Christian women? Ifs the older women 
teaching the younger girls. 1 am not out to recruit 
everybody. This is not mass evangelism. That is not the 
concept. The concept is to teach them about Jesus 
Christ and have them grow in grace and knowledge of 
the Lord Jesus Christ that they might grow to disciple 
others themselves. This is the principle. I think this is 
unique in the Brethren boys' ministry. I have worked 
with the Christian Service Brigade, the Sky Pilots, with 
the old Brethren boys' club, and with the Boy Scouts. 
These programs have their uniqueness, but I also think 
the Brethren boys' ministry has its uniqueness. It is a 
discipleship program not directed toward the masses. 
At the time we structured the Brethren boys' ministries 
there were 40 other units in operation in the Brethren 
Church. However, our structure was for those churches 
that had no ministry for their boys. People would say 
to me, "Ed, look what the men are doing for the boys," 
and I would say, "Thafs right." Then the thought 
occurred to me, "Look what the boys are doing for the 
men." It gives men a place to serve. 

Jack: Ed, what I hear coming through is that there is a 
ministry for men besides tithing . . . and ushering. 

Ed: Yes. Ifs sharing their experiences, the experience 
of life itself. They are born-again men, and they deal 
with life and how better to impart to these boys what 
life is all about You see, the concept is this. Jack, More 
is Caught Than is Taught. That boy catches more from 
us than what we ever teach him. When a boy can see 
a man putting others ahead of himself, he begins to 

apply this in his own life. He isn't just learning a Bible 
verse— he's applying it— and thafs important. 

Jack: Ed, as you served in Alaska, traveled all over our 
Fellowship, and now here in Orlando, did you ever get 
the sense from whaf s remaining of the Brethren men's 
movement that there is a resentment? I hear things like: 
"Why Is it always Brethren boys? What about the merii" 
How do you answer that question, Ed? 

Ed: Well, the two of them go together like a hand 
and a glove, and you know what my original question 
was. Jack, "Where do men fit into the local chruch?" 
What do we do for the Lord's work? Where do we fit 
into the program? The Scripture teaches, "Faithful men 
able to teach others also." 

Jack: What passage Is that, Ed? 

Ed: 2 Timothy 2:2. 

'. . . those men who do a lot for the boys, 

will find the boys doing just as much for 

them. It works both ways." 

Jack: Maybe there is another passage that you could 
share with us that makes it very clear that we do have 
this ministry. You were saying something earlier today 
about your studies in Ephesians. What was that? 

Ed: Well, it is actually in Ephesians 4:11-12. That is 
where I was really wrestling with this point. I had 
become then the director of the national men's 
organization, which at that time didn't even have a 
name. I was trying to define where men fit into the 
local church; I had been praying for some months 
about it. I was still trooping then, as I had been for 
about 18 years. It was probably about May 1970, just 
after the Kent State and the Ohio State riots. A 
sergeant of mine was dealing with the problem on 
campus. About 3:00 in the morning he called me and 
we were torn up for time. I answered his questions and 
went back to bed, but I couldn't sleep. When I can't 
sleep, I read. So I got up and walked into my study and 
pulled a book from the shelf. At that time in the 
morning it doesn't make any difference which book, 
just any book, and it just happened to be in the Golden 

' Legacy Croup. It so happened to fall open to Ephesians 
4:11-12. In verse 11 the author talks about the pastor- 
teacher being one gift. Then verse 1 2 reads, "For the 
perfecting of the saints, for the work of the ministry, for 
the edifying of the body of Chirst." The author says this 
isn't necessarily spiritual maturity, but as pastor-teacher 
you equip that saint to do the thing that he or she is 
gifted to do. In other words, if this man has a gift of 
doing one thing, for instance the gift of being a CPA, 
we don't make him the director of the choir and vice 

. versa. It is putting men in a position where they feel 
comfortable, where God has gifted them. So many 
times before I have seen this thing: we take a group of 
men, run them through a program like a bunch of 
sausages, and when they come out on the other end, 
they are programmed. We have ruined the best hams 
and shoulders in order to make sausage. We have 

ruined the individuality of those men. So really in a 
sense as I read that, | thought, "Praise the Lord, thafs 
it" The pastor-teacher equips men to do the things 
they are gifted to do. So if a man has a gift in a certain 
area, let's not run him through a program and 
reprogram him to do something he's not even familiar 
with. I used to be in the Christian Service Brigade, and 
here would come a boy who would want to know 
about astronomy. I didn't know anything about it, so I 
would look for a Christian brother gifted in that area 
who was willing to teach. That's probably not too good 
an illustration. However, I thought there were times 
when we tried to run men through a program to make 
them come out like a program, when really that man 
had some great talents. If we would only utilize the 
talents that he has, I think thafs what we need. I think 
that is what Brethren boys' ministry is all about. 

Jack: One last question, Ed. As you travel around, we 
know there are many, many Brethren churches that 
have no Brethren men's activity. Why is that and what 
can we do about it? 

Ed: I think first the education begins with the pastor. I 
think the pastor has first got to see the need— not only 
for boys but for the men. I have seen men who were 
absolutely nonplussed filling a place in the pew. Maybe 
they were not even doing a very good job of that until 
they were given a place to serve. Then they became 
men who had a mission, men who had a vision and 
were contributing. Get them to work because if there's 
one thing in the world that will kill a man for church, it 
is to come and sit. Thafs not what the Scripture says 
about faithful men— "Faithful men able to teach others 
also." It isn't just the boys, but if s the men, too. And I'll 
guarantee this, that those men who do a lot for the 
boys, will find the boys doing just as much for them. 
There has to be a certain amount of acceptance to that 
man and who he is, but we can't expect him to be a 
theologian. When he's living his life and sharing his life, 
he doesn't have to be a theologian. 

Jack: Ed, we've already seen the results of the boys' 
program; we have men in the seminary today. Can you 
think of anyone you worked with personally? 

Ed: Yes, there are a number of them. As I have 
mentioned previously, my son, Jim, grew up in the 
program from the time he was eight years old. He grew 
up and went off into the TIME (Time In Missionary 
Endeavor) program to Brazil, which is again a 
continuation, I think, of the boys' ministry. He was in 
Brethren Student Life Volunteers, which probably was 
due to the boys' ministry. Also, I think of Greg Stamm 
who is now in seminary and is a scholar— a great 
scholar. I remember that young fellow with all of his 
frustrations. He was small in stature, but what a spirit 
he had. He made up in the difference. The smallness in 
stature came out in the greatness of spirit He is a fine 
young fellow. I am sure you could talk to him, and he 
would show you how meaningful those early years 
were. Well, I could just go on and on and on. 

Jack: Ed, thanks so much for this interview. As we 
share your wisdom across the Fellowship, lets pray that 
men will be moved to share themselves in the spirit of 
Philippians 2:4 and 2 Timothy 2:2. 

College Education 
in a World of Change 

Homer A. Kent, Jr. 

President, Grace College 
and Seminary 

(This article is adapted and con- 
densed from an address delivered 
at the Eisenhower Memorial 
Scholarship Foundation Summer 
Seminar, at Bloomington, Indiana, 
August 10, 1930.) 

The college years are crucial for 
young people as individuals and 
for the future of our nation. 
During this critical time many 
basic choices are made or con- 
firmed. Life directions are decided 
or solidified. Education for leader- 
ship occurs and ultimately the 
whole nation is affected. Hence 
the kind of education we provide 
for our citizens is extremely im- 

The Importance of College 

College education furnishes 
significant benefits to the in- 
dividual, and many of these 
features have been documented. 
A recent study by a well-known 
educator cited the measurable in- 
crease in "personal self-discovery" 
as a result of college experience 
(Howard R. Bowen, Investment in 
Learning). Such education in- 
creased students' ability to 
recognize their talents, interests, 
values, and aspirations, so as to 
make the most meaningful 
lifetime choices. 

College education also makes 
an important contribution to 
citizenship and economic produc- 
tivity. Studies have shown that 
college-educated people are 
more active than others in com- 
munity affairs. They improve the 
labor force with persons having 

more flexibility and knowledge. A 
local businessman (a grocer) once 
told me that an important factor in 
his success was the high caliber of 
seminary and college students 
whom he employed. Further- 
more, the higher earnings which 
college graduates make as a 
group stimulate the economic 
growth of the nation. 

Higher education has also been 
shown to have a wholesome 
effect upon family life, the divorce 
rate is lower nationwide among 
the college-educated. Men with a 
college education are more likely 
to share in companionship with 
their children than noncollege 
men. Studies have revealed that 
higher education tends to orient 
the values of consumers toward 
the home, intellectual and cultural 
pursuits, and the nurture of 
children. College-educated 
parents spend relatively more of 
their money in ways that foster 
development of their children. 

Thus the case for college educa- 
tion goes far deeper than just put- 
ting money in one's pocket. Per- 
sonal enrichment may be the 
most satisfying aspect of all. 

Problems Facing 
College Education Today 

In spite of its clear benefits, col- 
lege education has been criti- 
cized, and admittedly there are 
problems. One of the most press- 
ing is rising costs. All institutions 
face them. State universities keep 
going to their legislatures for more 
money. Independent colleges 
must raise tuition and seek more 
contributions. Christian colleges 
are no exception. It is a disturbing 

Some have questioned the 
relevancy of a liberal arts educa- 

tion in our highly technical soc 
ty. The academic world is accuse 
of being too isolated from t 
"real world." Jobs have tended 
become so specialized th 
technical training is more releva 
than studying history, philosopp 
and literature. However, there 
another side to this. Employers a 
still looking for educated persoi 
not just skills. The rapid increa 
of technology makes retraini 
necessary periodically. Statist! 
show that the average persi 
makes at least one and probal 
two career changes during I 
working lifetime. Hence it is hare 
a wise investment to limit edu< 
tion to just one area of skills. Fi 
thermore, a liberal arts educatii 
is far more relevant to "life" th 
the casual observer often thinl 
Grace College, for example, is d 
ing a great deal to synthesize t 
realm of academia with the woi 
of work. Career options are cc 
tinually set before the students. 

Many are disturbed today by t! 
loss of values in American educ 
tion. At the same time, these pe 
pie are often the very ones wl 
refuse to let our Judeo-Christi 
heritage, which is the source 
our values, be a part of our edu< 

It was not always this way 
America. A statement publish 
in 1643 regarding the founding 
Harvard contained this explat 
tion: "After Cod had carried 
safe to New England, and we h 
builded our houses, provid 
necessaries for our livelihoc 
reaKd convenient places for Go 
worship and settled the C 
Government; one of the m 
things we longed for and look 
after was to advance Learning a 
perpetuate it to Posteri 
dreading to leave an illiten 

listty to the churches, when 
present nninisters shall lie in 
Dust" (New England's 

The Future of 
Independent Colleges 

'hen problems come, small 
'ate colleges are usually the 
: and often the hardest hit. 
sently some of the predictions 

very bleak. U.S. News and 
'M Report has predicted that 
I of the nation's 1500 private 
ools may close, merge, or con- 
date in the next decade. The 
ional Center for Educational 
istics claims that 200 small 
ate colleges may close in the 

much more optimistic view, 
vever, is more realistic for cer- 

kinds of alert colleges. It must 

recognized that a need will 
ays exist to educate mankind 
the basic understanding of 
iself and his world— not just 
w to do" something, but also 
w to be" what God has 
ited us to be. The broadly 
icated, well-rounded person 

be in demand for his greater 
ibility in a changing world, 
olieges that preserve their 
inctiveness and offer a high 
ility education will survive, 
ools that forget this and mere- 
copy others for survival will 
bably lose their reason for ex- 
nce and will disappear. Grace 
ools has a Christian commit- 
nt which integrates faith and 
■ning at every stage of the 
icational process. This sets 
ice apart from most schools of 
rier education today, and this 
;inctiveness makes it attractive 
J growing number of Christian 
dents, parents, and churches, 
nally broadly based education, 
•osing the learner to every field 
human knowledge and pro- 
ting the values of our Biblical 
itage, offers the greatest 
:ential for personal fulfillment, 
se young people will recognize 
i and will want to pursue their 
Jcation where it can be 
lieved. We face momentous 
«. Outstanding people, well 
jcated, and holding firmly to 
I values of God and country, 
I be one of the keys to 
lerica's future. 

A Blessing to, Grace Schools 


Over 800 companies across America match (and in some 
cases double) the gifts of their employees to recognized institu- 
tions. Last year Grace Schools received a record amount 
through the Matching Gift Program with well over 100 people 

Grace Schools would like to say thank you for those who 
realized the benefits of a doubled dollar. Grace has received 
gifts from these companies because their employees gave to see 
God's work continue at Grace. 


Bethlehem Steel 


Massachusetts Mutual Life 

Gates Rubber 


United Telephone 

Pittsburg Plate Glass 
B. F. Goodrich 
Armstrong Cork 

Fairchild Industries 

Montgomery Ward 

Cleveland Electric 
R. R. Donnelley 


Martin Marietta Corporation 

Atlantic Richfield 

American Motors 

Reliance Electric 


H. J. Heinz 
Conemaugh & Blacklick 

Midland Mutual 
New Jersey Bell 
Texas Eastern Transmission 


Arthur Boyer 

Robert Prick 

Robert Hartwiger 

Donald Markely 

Richard McDowell 

Harry Barger 

Ernest Tomforde 

Don Moutray 

Mr. and Mrs. Dale Stewart 

Larry Mueller 

Don Hair 

Grace Inman 

Ron Kinley 

Roland Kisner 

Willy Wilson 

Ed Wingard 

Bernard McWhorter 

James Goodling 

Nelson Peters 

Margaret Brant 

John Kleppinger 

Mary Custer 

William Spurr 

Vance Csaszar 

Heidi Lynn 

Mr. and Mrs. Jack Worth 

David Oliver 

Ernest Custer 

Phillip Beckett 

John Glingle 

Norman Reitz 

Robert Pollard 

Elma Rigby 

Willis Trumble 

Carl Brooks 

Fred Williams 

Randy Swanson 
Lynn Connor 
Arthur Hughes 

Check with the personnel office where you work to see if 
your company is a matching gift sponsor, or write to the De- 
velopment Department at Grace Schools for complete details. 


News Notes 

Word Music 
Book Donation 

Bruce Howe has presented 131 books, donated 
by Word Music, Inc., for use in the seminary divi- 
sion of the Morgan Library Learning Center at Grace 
Schools in Winona Lake, Indiana. Howe is executive 
vice president of Word Music, the Winona Lake 
division of Word Inc., Waco, Texas. 

The multi-volunne sets include theological dic- 
tionaries, encyclopedias, commentaries and ser- 
mon collections. They range from reprints of old 
works, such as Calvin's Commentaries, to new tools 
like the New international Dictionary of New Testa- 
ment Theology. 

Robert Ibach, Jr., library director at Grace, com- 
mented that these particular books are the kind 
that get very heavy use by students. "These 
reference sets will replace or supplement some 
badly worn books that are presently on our 
shelves," he said. "I'm delighted with this gift from 
Word because hundreds of students will benefit 
from it immediately and for years to come." 

Grace Schools Library has grown rapidly in the 
past ten years, sen/ing 847 students in 1970, and 
1,313 in 1980. The number of books in the Library 
has increased from 43,500 to the present 93,000 in 
the decade, and circulation of books increased 
from 18,800 to 52,500 loans. The cataloging opera- 
tion is now fully computerized and the Library par- 
ticipates in both a four-county cooperative (Area 
Library Services Authority) and a state-wide net- 

Special Education 
Minor Offered 

Working with the educable mentally retarded is 
the special concern of four Grace College seniors. 
They were among the 29 elementary and 16 secon- 
dary education majors completing their student 
teaching in area schools during the fall semester of 

the 1980-81 school year. 

The four elementary majors with a special educa- 
tion minor spent four of the nine weeks in educable 
mentally retarded classes assisting children who 
take longer in learning and need more oppor- 
tunities to use their hands and bodies. It takes more 
repetition as the children learn by doing. 

Mrs. Sharon Rager, a certified EMR teacher, carries 
much of the teaching responsibility offering 
students the needed insight into the needs of the 
exceptional child and its family. Identifying prob- 
lems early and development of care and percep- 
tion on the part of the teacher are included in the 
course content. Approaches to special education 
methods are carefully integrated with a Biblical 

Mrs. Marilyn Yoder, assistant professor of educa- 
tion, noted that last year Grace Brethren women 
through the national WMC supplied funds to pur- 
chase visual aids and manipulative tools in order 
that children in the EMR classes could get more 
repetition for the learning process. These teaching 
aids were used by the four students this year. 

Dr. Bruce Alcorn, director of Teacher Education, 
said that the special education minor offered at 
Grace is presently restricted to the training of the 
educable mentally retarded. Graduates who have 
elected the EMR minor receive certification to 
teach educable mentally retarded children in addi- 
tion to being qualified to teach in the regular 
classroom. There are eight students enrolled in the 
minor for the 1981-82 school year. 

Turl<ey Classic Winners 

Members of the Grace College basketball team re- 
joice after winning the 1980 Turkey Tourney. Pic- 
tured here, from left are, front row: Randy Warstler 
(in wheel chair, member of last year's team), Rob 
Harness, Neal Frantz, Kent Denlinger, Kevin 
Wilbur, Jeff Kowatch, Coach Jim Kessler; back row: 
manager Andy Bailey, assistant coach Ken Taylor, 
Gregg Miller, manager Paul Gibbons, Kimpy 
Sanders, Gary Blevins, John Boal, John Garner, Dave 
Henthorn, Gordon Kisler, assistant coach Larry 
Vaughn. (Photo by Art Davis) 


Grace Missions in Action 

by Russell Woda 


Grace Missions In Action 

Grace College 

Are there really opportunities for Christian service 
at Grace College or is it merely lip service? 

In answering this important question, I want to 
stress that this year we are placing great emphasis 
on a program of ministry renewal and growth. Due 
to our increased enrollment and newly sparked 
spiritual vitality, several ministries have been 
added. Previous ones have been evaluated, revised 
and highly revitalized. Approximately 70 percent of 
the student body participates in the Grace Missions 
in Action ministries. 

G.M.A. Officers at Grace this year are, from left: 
Dan Heiser, vice president; Kathy Brown, secretary; 
Kevin Huggins, advisor; and Rusty Woda, president. 
(Photo by Vance Christie) 

Previous ministries which have been highly pro- 
moted include Nursing Home, Puppet, a Deaf Sign 
Language Club, Jail Team, Youth For Christ, Child 
Evangelism and Personal Evangelism. In the per- 
sonal evangelism we have witnessed for the Lord 
on the campus of Purdue University and in the local 

New ministries were designed to reach out to 
high school athletes in the immediate area of 
Winona Lake, Indiana. This means getting up very 
early in the morning to arrive at the high school 
before school opens, and it affords an opportunity 
for campus athletes to share their personal spritual 
growth at the high school. This outreach team has 
met the stated needs in area high schools including 
Warsaw, Northwood, Rochester, Columbia City, 
Wawasee, Triton, Bremen and Whitko. 

Also, we have formed an Inner City Missions team 
to share our faith in God in Akron, Ohio, and other 
cities. Another newly formed traveling team is the 
Homeward Bound group which assists churches in 
their work with youth and adults. These new teams 
have been very successful and report many deci- 

sions to accept Christ as personal Saviour. 

We also feel a real need on campus for a keener 
understanding of the mission fields. Foreign Mis- 
sions Awareness was designed to meet that need 
through correspondence and appropriate pro- 

Others serving with me on the executive commit- 
tee of GMA include Dan Heiser, Bremen, Indiana, 
vice president; Kathy Brown, Goshen, Indiana, 
secretary; Melanie Bonar, Hartville, Ohio, treasurer. 
Grace College Chaplain Kevin Huggins is the ad- 

Following are the opportunities for service on 
campus with the leaders of each ministry listed. 

Inner City Missions— Provides exposure to the 
needs of persons in the urban society who live in 
underprivileged environments. Leaders— Gary 
Harris, Orlando, Florida; and Melissa Tom, 
Leesburg, Indiana. 

Athletic Outreach— Designed to give athletes the 
ability to minister to area high school youth 
involved in competitive sports programs. 
Leaders— Cordon Kisler, Fort Wayne, Indiana; and 
Greg Grim, York, Pennsylvania. 

Child Evangelism— Gives opportunities to share 
the gospel of Jesus Christ with small children 
through Good News Clubs and other activities. 
Leaders-Judy Willard, Syracuse, Indiana; and Paul 
Gregory, Yakima, Washington. 

Personal Evangelism— Gives students training in 
how to be a disciple in common interpersonal en- 
vironment. Leader-Tom Bennardo, of Columbus, 

Deaf Sign Language— The needs of the physically 
impaired from sound are met as students learn a 
nonverbal language to communicate the Gospel. 
Leader-Jeff Reid, Allentown, Pennsylvania. 

Foreign Missions Awareness— Gives exposure to 
students regarding the philosophy behind foreign 
missions. This ministry also provides knowledge of 
various foreign mission fields through mailings and 
personal contact. Leader-Nate Peachey, Ontario, 

Jail Team— Those persons who have somehow 
been involved with judicial rebellion are ministered 
to and are shown the plan of salvation while in jail. 
Leader-Jim Maish, Tucson, Arizona. 

Homeward Bound-Made up of gospel teams that 
travel to different churches to do youth work, sing- 
ing, conducting of services and individual counsel- 
ing. Leaders-Steve Adriansen, Worthington, Ohio; 
and Chuck Lawson, Trotwood, Ohio. 

Nursing Home— Those people that are unable to 
get into the local churches are ministered to 
through services. Leader-Craig Shriner, Ashland, 

Puppet Team-The art of puppetry is used to 
spread the Gospel. Leaders-Diane Baker, Berne, 
Indiana; and Dean Kincaid, Coiumbia City, Indiana. 

Youth For Christ-Assistance is given to the local 
YFC in meeting the spiritual needs of the youth in 
the community. Leader-Jeannie Miller, Cold 
Springs, Colorado. 

The Brethren Missionary Herald Company 

Box 544 Winona Lake, Indiana 46590 Telephone: 219-267-7158 

Charles W. Turner 

Executive Editor and General Manager 

Dear Brethren Missionary Herald Reader, 

The work of the Brethren Missionary Herald has been going forward in a very strong 
pattern during the past several years. It has been a joy! But another personal joy that ! 
have experienced during these years as editor is the opportunity to fellowship with you 
through the magazine. 

You have been sharing some of my experiences in "Reflections By Still Waters." You 
have also become acquainted with my wife and son and have read about some of the 
more interesting happenings in our lives. While visiting in district conferences and local 
churches, these relationships have been strengthened as I have been in your homes and 
you have shared so much with me personally. 

We have sought to increase the scope of the Herald Ministries and the Lord has given us 
an excellent staff. We are again in an expansion period in our work, and have purchased 
another Heidelberg Press. It was installed on October 6 at a cost of $90,000. We are 
asking for your help in paying for the press and saving many valuable dollars in interest. 
You are probably aware of today's high interest rates, and if we can pay for the press 
with gifts we can save thousands of dollars. For every dollar given, we will save about 
fifty cents in interest over the period of the loan. So we are asking you to make all of 
the dollars go a lot further. 

Here are two incentives to encourage you to help us pay for the new press: 

I have made a special purchase of a large number of new NIV (New Inter- 
national Version) Bibles. They retail at $49.95, but our purchase price was 
somewhat below that level. For each one who sends a gift of $100 or more, 
I will send them one of these beautiful, genuine leather Bibles. 

For a gift of $25 or more, I will send a Paul Schumacher recording. The 
Herald Ministries featured him in a special concert during national conference. 

Thanks for your help. Along with your gift, please send your name, address, and the 
name and address of your home church. 

We look forward to "reflecting" with you next month! 
In Christ, 

Charles W. Turner 


Reflections By Still Waters 



Washington, D.C. - 
Post Inaugural Week 

Washington, D.C, has always been a city that 
holds a certain charm to me. This, of course, 
assumes that one is within sight of a beautiful 
monument or historical site. There are other less 
charming scenes in the area which leave me less 
excited. But Washington had some extra events 
this year in that post inaugural week. The 
homecoming of the hostages and the gathering of 
the National Religious Broadcasters and National 
Association of Evangelicals added to the events of 

June and 1 were in Washington, along with 
Carol and Dave Hocking, and were guests of the 
Russ and Betty Ogdens for these events. We 
enjoyed the meetings and fellowship together. 
The events and happenings of our group are 
probably best left to a larger picture, without the 
details of "evening eat-outs" and fun times. But I 
did enjoy another birthday while there and the 
happy crew helped cheer me through the day, as 
well as guard me from the heat of the great fire 
created by the numerous candles on the cake. 
Their singing of Happy Birthday as we cruised 
D.C. at night also helped to keep my mind from 
the otherwise depressing thought of "yet another 
year. " it was all great fun. 

Other Brethren also gathered for the sessions of 
NRB and NAE. Randy Poyner, Jesse Deloe, Mike 
Alexander, Gerald Twombly, and Carl Key were 
in attendance. All of the big names in 
broadcasting were present for the events. One 
big name that was expected did not show. His 
name was Ronald Reagan! The sessions were 
filled with challenges and warnings of the 
problems of both the present and the future. The 
display areas were filled with the latest in 
electronic gadgets. Evangelical people and 
technology have indeed met and are sharing new 

The new partnership is yet to be tested as to 
final effects and results, but the joining of forces 
is not to be missed. For many years the 
fundamentalists, as we were known, stayed on 
the outskirts, partially because the liberals were 
holding the forts and partly out of timidity. I 
assure you the timidity is now passed and the 
voice of the evangelical is being heard. Hundreds 
of radio stations are owned by this group. The 
day of asking for a better time or schedule on the 
secular station is also gone. Evangelicals own; 
they no longer rent. The presses and media 
channels are now in the hands of people who 
have longed for the day when they would have 
such an opportunity. Now, what will we do with 
it? That is the question that is uppermost in my 
mind. Will it become the platform for the 
proclamation of the Gospel of Jesus Christ? Will it 
take a strange twist for good, but not necessarily 
godliness? Be assured, there is a big difference. 

The new call to change the world through 
legislation is not a new idea. It is as old as other 
novel ideas. The new cry to use the platform to 
legislate morality can be a time- and cost- 
consuming activity that might gain precedence 
over the fact that men are sinners and in need of 
salvation through the shed blood of Christ. What 
a pity it would be to come to the hour when the 
message can be proclaimed so widely, and then 
not use that hour in leading men and women to 
a saving knowledge of Jesus Christ. Write it down 
somewhere and remember it! Yes, there is some 
degree of success in legislating right and wrong 
(morality), but there is no way of legislating 
righteousness. The righteousness of God is what it 
takes to get people straightened up with God and 

The liberals tried and failed to clean up society 
without a message and their failure was 
monumental. Let us stick to the ministry of 
preaching the Gospel and teaching the Christian 
life. The cleanup comes with the truth and is 
never accomplished through man-made rules and 
laws. History teaches us a lesson. The time the 
church was deepest in politics, we were not 
always at our best spiritually. When we were at 
odds with the state and the state was at odds 
with us; it wasn't easy, but the church was 
trusting the Lord and having her finest hours. Let 
us keep our priorities straight and our message 


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35 Years Ago -1946 

The newest Brethren Home Missions Church purchased 
by the Home Missions Council was Sunnymede at South 
Bend, Ind. . . . Student body officers for Grace Seminary 
were: Leslie Moore, president; David Marshall, vice presi- 
dent; Ruth Reddick, secretary; and Lester Pifer, treasurer. 

15 Years Ago -1966 

Simi Community Grace Brethren Church dedicated a new 
2,000 square-foot building, Elmer Fricke, pastor. . . . The 
Heralds of Grace cut a new record entitled "Grace Col- 
lege Presents." The singers were: Dave Miller, Dennis 
Beach, Don Farner and Terry White. 

5 Years Ago -1971 

Johnson City, Tennessee, dedicated a new church, Sher- 
wood Durkee, pastor. . . . Leland Friesen was ordained to 
the Christian ministry at Cuyahoga Falls, Ohio. 


Dear Sir, 

On January 13, 1981, I sent you a card stating that I 
had not received the book. The journey, which I 
ordered. However, Saturday, January 17, 1981, the 
book arrived. It was postmarked November 4, 1980, 
from Winona Lake, Indiana. I am sorry for any 
inconvenience this might have caused you.-Ca/;forn/a 

It seems that it takes a bit longer to get things done 
these days. However, 70 odd days in transit seems a 
little longer than necessary.-CWT 

Editor, Charles W. Turner 
Managing Editor, Kenneth E. Herman 
Production Manager, Bruce Brickel 
Artist, Mary Jane Fretz 
Editorial Secretary, Omega Sandy 
Departmental Editors: 

Christian Education: 

Knute Larson, Cinny Toroian 

Foreign Missions: 

John W. Zielasko, Nora Macon 

Grace Brethren Boys: 

Mike Ostrander 
) Grace Brethren Men: 

Harold Hollinger 

Grace Schools: 

Dr. Homer A. Kent, Jr., Don Cramer 

Home Missions: 

Dr. Lester E. Pifer, Brad Skiles 

Women's Missionary Council: 

Linda Hoke 


Vol. 43 

Number 3 

March 1981 


4 Going Back to Ephrata 

6 New Life Grace Brethren Church 

10 What's This I Hear About a New 

Brethren. Navajo High School? 

12 The Bangui Battlefield 

14 Panzet Pierre: Surgical Technician 

16 A Moment with Missions 

18 Water 

20 The Challenges of the Laboratory 

24 Working With the Local Church 

25 National Men's Sunday 
27 On a Given Day CE 
32 Homespun 

34 The President Speaks 

bmh features 

• Reflections By Still Waters 2 • 
• BMH News Report 26 • 

Going Back 



by Pastor Ed Gross 

Grace Brethren Church 
Ephrata, Pennsylvania 

"Lo, we heard of it at Ephrathah: 

we found it in 

the fields of the wood" 

(Psalm 132:6). 

Does the name Ephrata ring a 
bell? If you know your Brethren 
history, you remember that 
in the year 1732 Conrad Beissel 
left the Brethren mainstream 
within Pennsylvania and 
began a Seventh-Day movement 
on a hill ^..^^^ in the south 
central y^B^N^ portion 


the colony with a band of 
followers. They were devotee 
a rigidly ascetic and mystical 
version of pietism called the 
Ephrata Movement. Although 
married couples were permitt 
on the settlement, it was felt 
these devotees that celibacy \ 
a higher calling (no doubt due 
Beissel's contempt of the 
physical side of marriage) and 
the first Protestant monastic 
order on our shores had begt 
in earnest. The central house 
its inhabitants became known 
simply as "The Cloister." 

The town is also important t 
Brethren because it was here 
that the famous Christopher 
Sauer Bibles were printed. 
Several copies are still extant, 
and the name Sauer is still 
popular in the area. Sauer wa< 
no fan of the Cloister because 
wife fell into its monastic teac 
and left her husband and fami 
to live there. Only the pleadin 
Sauer's children convinced her 
to return home. Despite 
the historic importan 
of the town to 
Brethren pec 
has n( 


sing was upon the Ephrata Brethreti 

bre able to secure this used church building 

hren Church in Ephrata. Until 
/, that is. 

r the last 20 years, God has 
i the Grace Brethren 
jwship in Lancaster County 
Lebanon County areas. 
:e Brethren churches have 
n established in Lancaster, 
iheim, Lititz, New Holland, 
ibethtown, and Myerstown. 
ly Ephrata residents have 
n members of some of these 
il bodies. In March of 1980, 
;ral of these believers met to 
uss the possibility of seeing a 
:e Brethren Church in their 
letown. They met 
odically throughout the 
ng with local pastors to pray 
find out the "how-to's" of 
rch planting. North Atlantic 
rict Missions Chairman Luke 
ffman was especially helpful 
roviding the necessary 
lelines and direction. It was 
ided to form a church, and 
Ephrata Area Grace Brethren 
irch was underway. Thirty- 
■ members signed the charter. 
July, the group met at a local 
ough hall to consider Ed 
ss from Goleta, California, as 
istoral candidate. Pastor 
ss had been in contact with 
Lester E. Pifer of Home 
sions and Luke Kauffman 
ut the possibility of service 
)ss the country. The group 
expecting a modest turnout 
the candidating sermon, in 
portion to the number of 
se present before. They were 
jrised to find 102 out for the 
2ting! After the message, 5 
isions were made for 
edication of life. As the folks 
lained for a potluck dinner, a 
wing sense of fellowship and 
was evident to those present, 
'as evident that the Lord had 
lun to do an exciting work in 
iging the budding local 
rch together. Pastor Gross 
; extended a unanimous call 
I accepted. 

imediately after national 
iference, where they were 
eived into the membership of 
FGBC, the new church met 
Wednesdays for prayer and 
study of God's Word in the 
a of church leadership. At the 
i of the month of August, two 
elders were selected. Guy 

Zell had been the lay leader for 
the congregation, and would 
now be elder in charge of 
evangelism (Guy is the mayor off 
Akron borough). Nevin Lausch, a 
design engineer for Sperry New 
Holland, was elected elder in 
charge of finance. Two deacons 
and deaconesses were also 
selected, along with a full 
complement of officers and 
Sunday school personnel. We 
were ready to begin meeting on 
a formal basis. 

The church signed a lease to 
meet in the former Kemper 
Church of the Brethren, located 
just out of town off Highway 
322. It is a red brick structure 
with seating for over 200. The 
members went to work 
redecorating the interior, and a 
complete stock of furniture was 
donated to equip two offices. A 
large Rogers organ was 
purchased ($4000 of which was 
donated by outside sources), and 
a piano was donated. 

On September 7, 1980, the 
doors of the church opened 
officially for our first service. In 
spite of our limited vision and 
expectation, the Lord 
overwhelmed us with His 
goodness. The first morning 
worship service included 167 
worshiping with us. And just as 
good was the evening service 
with 127 in attendance. 

God continued to bless by 
adding a full Sunday school staff, 
boys' work, SMM, women's 
discipleship prayer meeting, 
men's prayer meeting, a 
flourishing youth group, 
"Evangelism Explosion" program 
and answering prayer beyond 
our deserving. 

We have been conscious of 
God's presence in our midst in 
mighty ways. Individuals have 
been restored and turned 
around, erring brethren have 
been restored to the flock 
through repentance and faith in 
our Lord Jesus Christ. Some in 
doctrinal error have been 
recovered. We have begun to 
see the severe problems many 
have had, as unique 
opportunities to see the 
transforming power of the Spirit 
of God in action through grace. 

In the first threeand-a-half 

months, we rejoice that God has 
brought forth 19 first time 
decisions for Jesus Christ and 21 
decisions to follow in obedience 
to Christ's example of water 
baptism. Our morning 
attendances averaged 172 for 
the last four weeks of 
November, and by God's grace, 
we went self-supporting January 
1, 1981. 

An amazing amount of work 
has been done, primarily through 
the individual ministries of the 
saints themselves as they work 
together and see the body grow 
"unto the Head." The 
background for this occurring has 
been persistent, believing prayer 
(weekly men's and ladies' prayer 
groups, as well as the 
Wednesday midweek services) 
and seeing God more 
sovereignly in grace. Coupled 
with this has been the desire of 
the people for the ministry of 
God's Word, as expressed 
through the responsiveness to a 
continued expository study of 
God's Word at church, in small 
group levels and as individual 
families. The focus of the pastor 
and elders has been education 
to aid in the edification of the 
saints in our Fellowship. 

Spiritual battles for men's souls 
are still being fought. The 
religious background of Ephrata 
has been one of stubborn 
resistance to the doctrines of 
grace. Legalism, formalism and 
fear concerning the saints' 
eternal destiny has crippled the 
spiritual potency of God's people 
to a great degree; many are 
unequipped with the helmet of 
salvation. At the same time, the 
veneer of religious righteousness 
has not been able to deal with 
the sinfulness of the human 

The Brethren can rejoice that 
God's work is being done in a 
place important to us as a 
movement. But pray as never 
before that revival can burn 
deeply here, that precious souls 
can be saved and built up in 
their most holy faith, that unity 
of the Spirit can be maintained 
and preserved, and that the God 
of all grace can be glorified and 
exalted "in the church by Jesus 

Pastor Dan Viveros 

Evangelism Is a Priori t 

at the 

New Life 

Grace Brethren 





by Brad Skiles 

Promotional Secretary 
The New Life Grace Brethren 
Church is certainly descriptive 
what is happening at this Horr| 
Mission's church in West Covii 

Since accepting the leadersh| 
of the church in the fall of 19: 
Pastor Dan Viveros has seen ti 
church grow from 20 to now 
averaging over 80. 
Approximately 90 percent of 1i 
current congregation is new li[ 
(attending since Dan's arrival).! 
How does Dan account for th^ 

"I believe ifs the emphasis v 
place on God's Word and the) 
unity and love we show to ea\ 
other," says Dan. "With that ai 
our base, we talk about the 
purpose of the church and ho 
the Word applies to our dailyl 
lives. As people begin to gro\) 








ese concepts they begin to 
are Christ with those they 
)me in contact with." 
And sharing Christ they do! The 
ew Life Grace Brethren Church 
corded 63 conversions during 
>80. Although the church is 
ow committed to Dr. D. James 
nnedys Evangelism Explosion 
their evangelism efforts began 
ith little structure. 
'It use to be that when people 
the church found someone 
ho was ripe for the Gospel 
ey would call me and set up 
1 appointment when I could 
;t together with them and lead 
at person to Christ. The 
angelism explosion program is 
lod because now we have a 
ocess of training lay men and 
[omen in effectively sharing 
leir faith." 

iDan's training in Evangelism 
(plosion started in August of 
?79 when the Saddleback 
alley Grace Brethren Church in 
lission Viejo, California, paid for 
an's expenses to attend a one- 
eek E. E. Ill seminar. Becoming 
ertified during that week, Dan 
^turned to West Covina and 
egan the church's first 17-week 
aining program in October. 
'uring the series of weeks to 
)llow, Dan trained his wife and 
vo other New Life members in 
ffective evangelism. Potentially, 
lese three trainees could each 
ain two other lay workers 
uring the second training period 
;nd Dan would again commit 
imself to training three or four 
lore. In this way the 
nultiplication process begins as 
ve groups of three would be 


Other Grace Brethren Churches 


certified Evangelism 

Explosion III programs: 

Gold Rush Community Grace Brethren Church, Auburn, California 

Bellflower Brethren Church, Bellflower, California 

Big Valley Grace Community Church, 

Modesto, California 

Grace Brethren Church, Orange, 


Saddleback Valley Grace Brethren Church, Mission Viejo, California 

Grace Brethren Church, Goleta, 


River City Grace Community Ch 


Sacranrtento, California 

Grace Brethren Church, Santa Maria, 


Grace Brethren Church, Ventura, 


going out from the church. 

and local church recognition is 

Evangelism Explosion III 

only available through 

International is the result of a 


home mission pastor's struggle 

"Certification is a very 

to learn how to share his faith 

important emphasis in this 

and to teach other believers to 

program," states Dan Viveros. 

do likewise. Dr. D. James 

"Certification in itself is no big 

Kennedy used the transferable 

deal but it maintains a high 

techniques of Evangelism 

degree of quality control. Going 

Explosion to see his home 

through the training program 

mission church, the Coral Ridge 

also helps you to understand the 

Presbyterian Church of Fort 

necessity of the pastor being 

Lauderdale, Florida, grow from 

involved. Evangelism Explosion 

17 to over 4,500. 

teaches that this program won't 

The lifeblood of this 

work unless the pastor is actively 

evangelism program is on-the-job 

involved in evangelism and is 

training. Trainees spend time at 

setting the example. Ideally he 

home studying E. E. materials. 

should be the one leading the 

join together in a brief classroom 

training program." 

discussion during their 

Also important to this method 

designated meeting time, and 

of evangelism is the priority of 

then make evangelistic calls in 

prayer partners. "Trainees are 

groups of three. An experienced 

required to secure two or more 

soul winner leads two "rookies" 

prayer partners and report 

and as the weeks and months 

weekly to them concerning their 

progress, the trainees assume 

own growth and experiences. 

more and more of the flow of 

These prayer partners make 

the conversation. At the end of 

good prospects for the next 

the 17-week period the trainees 

training session," cites Dan. 

are experienced in E. E. methods 

Evangelism Explosion has given 

and prepared to train two other 

some aggressive direction to the 

lay workers. 

New Life Grace Brethren Church. 

The textbook for Evangelism 

Reaching their self-supporting 

Explosion may be purchased at 

status in 1981 and continued 

any Christian bookstore, but 

accelerated growth will be two 

additional E. E. training materials 

visible byproducts. 


for Every Remembrance of You 

by Dr. Lester E. P'ifer 

Executive Secretary 

Chester and Rae McCall, two of 
the clearest friends that Brethren 
Home Missions ever had, are now 
at home with the Lord. Their lives, 
their faithful witness, and endless 
hospitality have ceased; but their 
testimony, generosity and loving 
encouragement live on. 

My memory of them began in 
the early 40s when I saw them 
unload their young people in front 
of the lodge in Bethany Camp. 
Their loyalty to the national con- 
ference and to all our national in- 
terests was growing with great in- 
tensity. Their encouragement to 
me as a young pastor will never 
be forgotten. Later when I began 
my service as an assistant to Dr. L. 
L. Grubb in the Brethren Home 
Missions Council, their home 
became our "Hospitality House" 
during West Coast itineration 
periods. Rae and Chester were so 
genuine in their Christian love to 

me that I often called them my se- 
cond mother and father. 

Chester served as a director of 
the Brethren Home Missions 
Council for 21 years. He faithfully 
discharged his office as treasurer 
of the corporation from 1954 to 
1972. He rarely missed a board 
meeting or national conference. 
He was always ready to help make 
investigations of new church 
possibilities, to travel to the Nava- 
jo Mission for a committee 
meeting, or to turn the McCall 
Electric "inner office" into a 
Western Committee room when 
needed for Home Missions' 
business. Many times, men and 
electrical supplies were sent to 
the Navajo Mission, the Jewish 
Mission, or to some Home 
Missions building site. His conser- 
vative business policies, his 
faithfulness to stewardship 
responsibilities and his keen 
desire to see Home Missions grow 
made him a real asset to the 

Rae was no less fervent in her 
desire to see Home Missions forge 
ahead. Wherever they traveled 
she always wanted to stop and 
visit each home mission point. Her 
enthusiasm was carried to their 
local church, to the WMC and to 
Christians wherever they went. 
Her gracious hospitality was 
always open to God's servants. 
Though preceded in death by her 
faithful husband, her home mis- 
sion interest never waned. In my 
last visits with her, only a few 
weeks before her homegoing, she 
asked many pertinent questions 
about our home mission person- 
nel and churches. 

Chester and Rae McCall and 
their family operated the McCall 
Electric Company in Los Angeles, 
California. Many generous gifts 
have come from this organization 
through the years. Chester never 
submitted a bill for traveling ex- 
penses for board meetings and 
often cared for the meals and 
motel bills of home mission per- 
sonnel. In addition to their 
generous personal gifts, they have 
left a substantial annuity for the 
ongoing program of Home Mis- 
sions. They often spoke of God's 
blessing coming upon their family 
and business. This was evident 
from the early days when they 
asked for His direction and bless- 

The Apostle Paul reminded the 
Corinthians, "... it is required in 
stewards, that a man be found 
faithful" (1 Cor. 4:2). He also said, 
". . . God is able to make all grace 
abound toward you; that ye, 
always having all sufficiency in all 
things, may abound to every good 
work" (2 Cor. 9:8). As faithful 
stewards, Chester and Rae learn- 
ed and benefited by God's direc- 
tion and blessing. Their testimony, 
their legacy, their annuity gift, and 
growing memorial fund will con- 
tinue to help spread the Gospel 
through Brethren Home Missions 
while they bask in God's presence. 
A beautiful example for us to 

Island Pond, 


Vermont. GBC 

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The Island Pond story originated 
with the aggressive vision of Rev. 
Jim Hunt. In November, 1977, 
Jim started a Bible study with two 
families in Island Pond. This study 
quickly expanded into a solid 
group of seven families dedicated 
to starting a Bible-believing church. 
In July, 1979, the congregation 
voted unanimously to accept 
the Grace Brethren beliefs and 
began the process of officially 
becoming a Grace Brethren 
church. On April 1, 1980, 
Rev. Warren Tamkin was call- 
ed to 
pastor the 
Pond con- 
gregation. Rev. 
Tamkin realized 
the group's 
need for a per- 
manent church 
home and led 
the church into 
an ambitious 
building pro- 
gram. Property 

was acquired, plans were drawn, 
and construction began. By 
November of 1980, the building 
was finished and dedicated to the 
Lord's use. 

During a time of record high len- 
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in November, 
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What^ This I Hear About a New Brethrej 

James Werito, high school teacher 

Mr. Werito with a student. 

By Mary Thompson 

vx After 28 years of operating an elementary 
school, why has the Brethren Navajo Mission 
opened a high school this year? 

r\ For many years we've been sending 
students away to other Christian schools for their 
high school education. Although many students 
have benefited from this experience, it isn't an 
ideal learning situation. One of my students went 
away to school last year and was considered not 
too bright. She was homesick and uncomfortable 
and this caused her to not respond well. This 
year in our Brethren Navajo High School she's 
doing a good job. I believe our high school 
students perform better in a familiar environment. 

\X What percentage of the graduates from 
Brethren Navajo Elementary School used to go 
away to high school? 

/\ When my cousin Roy Sam and I graduated 

100% of us went away to high school. But we 
were the only ones in the graduating class. I don't 
know the average percentage, but a larger 
number is going to high school here than when 
they had to go away. 

Vx Where did you go to high school? 

/\ I wasn't picky about where I went to high 
school, but my cousin Roy's mom wanted him to 
go back East to school because she didn't like the- 
school situation in this area. Roy and I had been 
playmates and classmates all our lives and I 
wanted to go with him because I didn't want him 
to get homesick. So we went to the Brethren 
Christian High School in Osceola, Indiana. 

vl Where did you live while you attended the 
Osceola school? 

r\ I stayed with the Rex Judays all four years 
and also the summer before 1 went to college. I'd 
like to say "thank you" to the Judays for the good 
work they've done in bringing me up. I don't 
know how other students feel about families 
the/ve stayed with but I had a very pleasant 
experience. I always felt the Judays thought of me 
as part of the family. I still feel like part of their 
family. In fact, I went back and spent last 
Christmas vacation with them. Roy lived with the 
Judays, too, for three years. Then, during his last 
year of high school he stayed with the Ralph 
Hayes family. I know that to this day Roy 
corresponds with Mr. and Mrs. Hayes. They 
treated him real well. We do appreciate this. 

\x Is the public school a desirable option? 

r\ If I had a child of my own and my option 
was to send him to Brethren Navajo High School, 
I'd send him there rather than to the public high 
school at Cuba or Bloomfield. For one thing, I 
think our academic standards are higher. 

\x Aside from the academic aspect, what 
effect do you think the environment of the public 
schools here has on the kids? Is it hard for them 
to maintain their Christian standards? 

r\ I think there is not only a lot of temptation 
to do wrong, but the pressure is strong-a lot of 
peer pressure. And then most students don't get 
any encouragement at home to do right. 

\x How many students are there in Brethren 
Navajo School? 

r\ We have 115 elementary students. There 
are 13 students in the high school-7 girls and 6 

avajo High School? 

boys. One boy is a tenth grader, 3 girls are 
eleventh graders, and the rest are ninth graders. 

U Are you the only teacher? 

f\ No, Miss Marpel teaches electives, Mrs. 
Lathrop teaches home economics, and Mr. 
Thompson teaches Bible. The four major courses 
are social studies, science, math, and English, and 
I teach those courses. 

v| How can you teach three grades? 

/\ Ifs possible to handle several grades with 
the Alpha-Omega program. The kids work 
through booklets at their own levels. But a 
teacher can prepare himself better and make a 
more concentrated effort if he has fewer grades. 
We are thinking of eventually having a maximum 
of 60 students. I would say that 30 students in a 
classroom would be more than enough. If we 
could break that number down into three classes 
it would be even better. 

\x Do you want to say anything more about 
the Alpha-Omega material that you use? 

r\ In the Alpha-Omega program a student 
works through ten books in each subject every 
year. The Bible is integrated into all the subject 
matter so Christian truths are not just mentioned 
once in a while. The whole program is written 
from a Biblical standpoint. I think it's a good 

Xx What do these Navajo young people 
expect to do when they graduate from high 
school? Is there any general trend? 

r\ I can't say there is a trend because we 
haven't had any students who have graduated 
yet. Next year we have three girls who will be 
graduating. As a teacher, and as a Navajo, I'm 
encouraging each one of these students to 
consider college as a goal they set for 
themselves. The Navajo people need educated 
young people who will come back and teach 
their own people. One girl has already said that 
maybe college is one of her goals. 

\X what is one of the greatest needs for the 
high school students? 

r\ It would have to be classrooms and a gym. 
The room the high school meets in now is almost 
like a hallway. We're interrupted many times. We 
also have a need for a year-round recreational 
area. This has become particularly important for 
the older students. 



The Home Missions point at New Port Richey, Florida, 
held their first Sunday service on January 4, 1981, with 
their new pastor, Jim Poyner. Pastor Poyner was greeted 
by 124 people in attendance-an extremely strong start 
for this new point. 

Moving from the Huber Heights Grace Brethren Church 
in Dayton, Ohio, Jim Poyner didn't waste any time in 
organizing this work. The church started their incorpora- 
tion procedures in the second week of January with the 
name Culfview Grace Brethren Church. They now have 
full Sunday services, including Sunday school, a midweek 
Bible study and prayer time, and choir practice. 

The church meets in a multipurpose building in the Ja- 
Mar Travel Park, Mr. Lonnie Miller is the owner of the 
park and continues to be instrumental in the church's 


The Island Pond, Vermont, Grace Brethren Church held 
a dedication service for their new sanctuary on January 
11, 1981. Dr. Lester E. Pifer, executive secretary for the 
Brethren Home Missions Council, was the featured 

Attendance for the special afternoon service passed the 
135 mark. Irasburg, Vermont, Brethren joined in this 
celebration along with two families from a Brethren Bible 
Class in Beebe, Quebec, and Rev. Jacques Marcoux, a 
Baptist pastor from Sherbrooke, Quebec, Canada. 


Rev. Ed Jackson has left the sunshine state of Florida and 
is heading back to Alaska. Ed and Polly Jackson believe 
that God has led them into a ministry of pioneering new 
works and have accepted the challenge of establishing a 
Grace Brethren Church at Homer, Alaska. 

Ed and Polly made their first move to Alaska in 1974 
when Ed accepted the call to pastor the Kenai Grace 
Brethren Church. Completing just under five years of 
ministry at Kenai, Ed Jackson moved to Florida leaving 
behind a self-supporting church at Kenai and a branch 
church at Anchorage. 

Becoming the pastor of the Orlando, Florida, Grace 
Brethren Church in May of 1979, Ed Jackson brought that 
church into a self-supporting status on August 1, 1980. He 
now leaves the Orlando church having trained an elder in 
the church to carry on the ministry and having planted 
branch churches at Melbourne and Lakeland. 

Mr. Jackson will arrive at Homer in late March and will 
look forward to the later arrival of Polly and their son Jim 
and his family. Pray for the Jacksons as they establish this 


The Brethren Home Missions Council closed 1980 with 
thirteen Home Missions churches reaching their self- 
supporting goals. Following this record year the potential 
looks strong for another sizable list of self-supporting 
churches. Ormond Beach, Florida, has started the 1981 
list and six other Home Missions churches are rapidly ap- 
proaching this stage. Pray that God will direct Home Mis- 
sions churches as they work toward these goals. 

Diana Davisf 
of our missionaries 
ministering in the 
capital city of 
Bangui in the 
Central African 
Republic, wrote 
this article to give 
you a glimpse into 
her life and 

V ft' 



By Diana Davi< 

Top: Motorbikes are a popular form of transportation in Bangui. 

The Guest house at Bangui 


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5:00 a.m. 

Two years in Africa and I still 
wake up each morning with the 
pleasant realization that God ha 
brought me to this special land. 
The sound of a rooster crowing 
in the distance is mingled with 
the roar of motorbikes and the 
chatter of voices as people beg' 
to fill the streets on their way t( 
work, school, or the market. AJi 
of these are tangible reminders 
that this isn't just a dream, so !'(' 
better get up and not waste the 
morning coolness. 

I love these early morning 
hours with time for quiet 
meditation before the rush of tli 
da/s activities. 

5:30 a.m. 

With Bible and prayer list 
before me, I seek some words . 
from the Lord to meet my 


eeds. In the morning I enjoy 
/orshiping Him and laying 
efore Him requests for friends, 
imily, co-workers, and students, 
am very conscious of the fact 
lat He must work through me 
s I teach His Word in Bible class 
ach day. How good to know 
lat His Word bridges cultural 
nd racial differences and can 
hange the lives of these young 

:15 a.m. 

Time for a quick review of the 
isks for today. Ruth Snyder will 
eed help with the guest house 
/ashing this morning. Fourteen 
isitors have left a mountain of 
heets and towels. Even using 
lur "old timey" wringer washing 
lachine, we should be able to 
nish by 8:00. That means I'll 
ave about two and a half hours 
D work on my lesson before 
oing to school at 11:00. 
I certainly need the time to go 
ver the details of Christ's 
econd coming before trying to 
?ach them in French! I'm not 
ven sure I'm ready for that in 
nglish. I'm very thankful for the 
Jsson sheets already prepared in 
rench by Gilbert Aeilig. 

6:30 a.m. 

The radio broadcast has ' 

already begun, and all of the 
stations have answered roll call. 
Oh, no! I forgot that the MAF 
plane is coming to Bangui today. 
Boguila (the medical center) has 
ordered penicillin, alcohol, and 
insulin. Since the pharmacy 
opens at 8:00, I guess I'll have 
time to dash out for these things 
before the plane arrives at 9:45. 

I wish the radio room was not 
so close to my apartment. I can't 
help but hear the list of items 
people are requesting to be sent 
on today's plane. (All of them 
are urgent, of course.) Toilet 
paper, fork-oil for a Yamaha, a 
special sized battery (described 
as "cute") for a new flashlight. 
No, there is no number, just the 
size between a D-cell and 
penlight battery. That should be 
fun to try to describe in French 
or Sango. 

The radio drones on - 
someone else needs medicine 
for sick chickens and the most 
recent Newsweek magazine. 
Naturally, there are also the 
regular requests for cheese, 
apples, fresh vegetables, and 

7:00 a.m. 

At last the radio is silent. Over 
the washing machine and rinse 
tubs, Ruth, Lois Miller, and I plan 
our strategy for the morning. 
Ruth and I will go into town and 
shop while Lois prepares the 
noon meal for those arriving on 
the plane. At 9:15 we will all 
three work on packaging, 
marking, and weighing the things 
to go on the plane. We will only 
have 30 minutes to do this. We 
all agree that roller skates might 

9:35 a.m. 

WHEW! ! ! We made it! Now for 
a five minute coffee break before 
studying. I still have one whole 
hour left. 

9:40 a.m. 

Lef s see now. What is the 
French word used for the 

"rapture"? Here it is, enlevement. 
According to 1 Thessalonians 
4:13-18, when Jesus returns He 
will first . . . who is that coming 
to the station now? Everyone 
else has gone to the airport. I'd 
like to pretend that there is no 
one here, but I can't do that. 

This man has been sent with an 
urgent message from a 
missionary in Zaire. It seems 
they've run into a problem with 
their auto insurance. It expires at 
noon today, and they have two 
trucks leaving for long road trips 
this morning. Ifs impossible for 
them to come to Bangui today 
to take care of this. Could we go 
to the office with the enclosed 
check and get the papers signed? 

I certainly can't refuse to help 
them. If the office is open, I 
should be able to take care of it 
in just a few minutes. 

10:15 a.m. 

The only man authorized to 
sign the papers is on coffee 
break. He'll be back in 15, well, 
20 minutes. 

10:35 a.m. 

I'm glad to have these papers 
signed and taken care of. I must 
remember to send a radio 
message tomorrow morning 
telling them that all is in order. 

10:40 a.m. 

I'm grateful. Lord, for the nice, 
peaceful drive by the river on 
my way to school. Somehow, 
quiet my heart and prepare me 
to face this group of girls who 
needs your Word in their lives. 
You know what this morning has 
been like. Lord, when will I ever 
learn not to wait until the last 
minute to prepare? Tomorrow 
will be different. I will have lots 
of time to study. Or will I? 

Help me to learn to use my 
time wisely. And also. Father, 
above all, teach me to serve You 
with a joyful heart remembering 
Jesus' words, "Whosoever will be 
chief among you, let him be 
your servant: Even as the Son of 
man came, not to be ministered 
unto, but to minister, and to give 
His life a ransom for many." 

Above: Panzet Pierre, Mary Ann Habegger and Marcel Nzambo during surgery. 
Below: Panzet Pierre and family 

Panzet Pierre: 


Surgical Technician 

by Linda Mensinger 

"Sorry, lady, but you must go 
elsewhere for delivery." 

What does this mean to a 
woman? In her seventh month of 
pregnancy she will have to leave 
our prenatal clinic in Yaloke and 
find a hospital where there is a 
surgical unit in case surgery is 

Needless to say, this does not 
make the woman or her family 
happy. Many times they are 

greatly inconvenienced to move 
for two months to a place far 
from home, family, and friends. 
Often convincing them that they 
really can't have their babies in 
our hospital because no surgeon 
is available is very difficult. 

Even with all these precautions, 
many times a problem would 
develop during labor. This would 
mean a medical evacuation often 
during the night over horrible 

roads with the patient in much 
distress, to say nothing of the 
chauffeur. Lately, it has been 
possible to call for the MAF 
plane for such emergencies. 
Not all of the problems are 
maternity related, however. 
Strangulated hernias, another 
common problem, would also 
entail a long journey in hopes o 
finding a surgeon who could 
take care of the problem. 


Praise the Lord these long 
ourneys are no longer necessary! 

Since the first of November, 
1980, we have had our own 
;urgical unit at Yaloke. The 
;oming of Mr. Panzet Pierre has 
nade it all possible. 

"Who in the world is Panzet 
'ierre?" you are probably asking, 
'ierre joined the medical work in 
1956 as a very young man 
vanting to be a nurse. He began 
lis training under Mary Cripe at 
5ata and he advanced into the 
various stages of the medical 
vork. Pierre then went to the 
iible Institute and became a 
/Medical Evangelist. 

He started to show a real 
iptitude in surgery at this point. 
Joctors Mason and Walker 
idded training to this aptitude, 
^fter several years he was doing 

light: Left to right- 
hree of our top 
lurses at Yaloke: 

endouli Emmanuel 
nd Nzambo Marcel. 

iurgeries on his own, especially 
luring the absence of the 

Boguila never lacks surgical 
:ases, and with much surgery 
;ame much practice for Pierre, 
ioon his surgical techniques 
vere perfected until he was 
ioing his share of the scheduled 
iurgeries at Boguila. 

For years Yaloke had asked for 
i doctor who could do surgery, 
rhe answer always returned. 
When the third doctor arrives 
)n the field, he will go to 
I'aloke." Thaf s great, but the 
hird doctor never arrived. Then 
jne day came the question, 
'Since there are two doctors at 

Boguila, couldn't Yaloke have 
Panzet Pierre?" 

Finally, after much planning and 
discussion, Pierre arrived at 
Yaloke as our surgical technician. 

Soon after his arrival, Mary Ann 
Habegger also came to Yaloke to 
help set up the surgical unit, 
being a specialist in this field. We 
are still, at the moment, in a 
make-shift situation. Hopefully, 
we will soon have a small room 
completed to be used as a 
surgical unit only. 

Presently, we are doing our 
surgeries in the delivery room on 
the delivery table. Since the 
table was not high enough, we 
made boots to raise it 10 

centimeters-the height of a 
surgical table. When surgery is 
over, the boots are taken off and 
the room is transformed back 
into a delivery room. Several 
times it has been a rather close 
^ call between a surgery and a 

The patients have been coming 
from far and wide. In fact, the 
list of proposed surgeries has 
become quite long. A ward 
building is in the process of 
being remodeled, and then we 
will have more bed space for the 
surgical patients. At the moment, 
we have to wait until someone 
gets well before we can do the 
next surgery. That does not, 
however, include emergencies of 
which there seems to be a good 
share. When the remodeled 
ward building is ready and the 
surgery room moved into the 
main dispensary building, we 
hope to be going full schedule. 

With all of this, be sure to pray 
for us during this transitional 
time. Remember Pierre and his 
family as they get settled at 
Yaloke, and also for Mary Ann 
Habegger as she has moved to 
Yaloke and has the main job of 
overseeing the organization of 
the new unit. Pierre has much 
more responsibility working in a 
place without a doctor. Most of 
all, pray for all the African nurses 
and missionaries alike that they 
will use every opportunity to 
witness for Christ. 

A great number of people are 
now coming to us for healing of 
their bodies. Pray that through 
our testimonies they might find 
Christ-the only One who can 
heal their souls. 

A Moment with Missions 

D Q G 


Fourteen missionaries to-be 
attended Candidate School at 
Winona Lake, Indiana, 
December 26 through January 
13. These candidates were 
then presented to the Board of 
Trustees for appointee status at 
the February meeting. It is thrill- 
ing to see how the Lord is pro- 
viding personnel for the fields. 

The 1979-80 class was com- 
mitted to France and the Cen- 
tral African Republic. Presently 
they are studying in language 
school. The 1980-81 class plans 
to minister in Brazil (North and 
South), the C.A.R., the Chad, a 
Spanish-speaking field, and the 

We are delighted with the 
renewed interest in missions by 
the young people in our chur- 
ches and for the willingness 
and eagerness of our pastors 
and congregations to recom- 
mend, encourage, and support 
their best for missions. 

nJ!r?„ M^ as students and staff in Missionary Candidate School are (1. to r): Gordon Austin, John Zielasko Joyce 
gZ2 ^Jr ?'°"; Bob Belohlavek, Nancy McMunn, Lois Belohlavek, Dan Pettman, Grace Pettman Nan^ 
and JeTse De^of ' '"'" '""''' '"''" '"'"•'' ^^"^ ^'-"' "^ ^reen, Ruth Vnasdale, Steve Mason, Les VnaS 

by John W. Zielasko 


As I write, America is jubilant. 
After 444 days the Americans 
taken hostage by Iran have 
been released and are free 
again. The scenes of release, 
brought to us by the wonder of 
television, touched the emo- 
tions of most Americans, 
resulting in joy, tears, and 
pride. We had been outraged 
by the immoral and illegal act 
of a barbarian government 
against our fellow citizens. 
Now the humiliating ordeal is 
over. They are free and 
patriotism is alive and well 

But as horrible as a hostage 
experience is, it is, after all, 
temporal. What about the 
spiritual state of humans taken 
hostage by sin and Satan (Rom. 
3:23, 2 Tim. 1:8)? Are we as 
concerned and as compas- 
sionate toward them? 

Ransom has been paid (1 
Peter 1:18), but man must be 
willing to accept it (Rom. 1:16; 
10:9-10). Billions in the world 
still need to be redeemed, but 
someone must go and tell 
them of Cod's love. As there 
was joy in America over the 
return of the released hostages, 
so, "There is joy in heaven in 
the presence of the angels over 
one sinner that repents" (John 
8:36). And, we might add, is 
thus released from bondage. 
Missions is not only an impor- 
tant activity, it is also urgent. 

"If one would be 
Christ-minded, he must 
be missionary-minded, 

and one who is not ■ 
this has no justification 

for calling himself a 

disciple of Christ." 


The political condition in the 
Chad is bad. It is difficult to 
understand why it was permit- 
ted to happen. The French un- 
wisely pulled out their garrison, 
and thus allowed Libya's Col- 
onel Kadafy, labeled a mental 
case by Anwar Sadat, to step in 
and announce that his country 
was merging with the Chad. 
Kadafy has now attained a base 
that frightens the bordering 
African nations and with good 
reason. He dreams of a Pan- 
Arab empire. 

The uneasiness expressed by 
other African states has caused 
the French to send rein- 
forcements to the Central 
African Republic. 

Pray for the Christians in the 
Chad and especially for our 
missionary. Rich Harrell, and 
the 38 Brethren churches and 
pastors in the extreme 
southern sector of the country. 
Kadaf/s brand of Islamic fun- 
damentalism threatens the 
growth and well-being of Chris- 
tianity in that country. 


™W. Graham Scroggie 

Pastors studying in the Chad. 




Dr. Pfahler with some medical evangelists 

by Dr, Larry Pfahler 

What is the most essential item 
needed by man's physical body? 

Seventy percent of the human 
body is water-every cell is 
largely composed of water. If 10 
to 1 5 percent of this amount is 
lost, a serious state of 
dehydration occurs. More than a 
15 percent loss will usually result 
in death. This is the number one, 
or number two, most frequent 

Dr. Pfahler talks with 
the director of the 
medical work, Matoli 

cause of death in the world. 

Depending on what you read, 
malaria is the number one killei 
and diarrhea resulting in 
dehydration is number two. Mo 
of the latter cases are due to 
using unclean water. 

The World Health Organizatic 
recognized the problem and 
established as its goal clean 
water for everyone in the work 
by 1990. Those of you who hav 
never traveled outside the U.S., 
probably don't realize what an 
impossible task that is. 

You know what water is used 
for, but let's review why it is 
needed to run a hospital. A 
person should drink a couple 
quarts a day. One's clothes nee 
to be washed as well as one's 
body. The surgical rooms, 
gowns, and instruments need tc 
be washed after each surgery 
and each new birth. It would bJ 
nice to wash eating utensils and 
hospital rooms. Americans take 

I that for granted, but those of 
5 here at Boguila, Central 
frican Republic, do not! 
We have a 100-bed hospital 
lat averages one surgery per 
ly and almost one birth per 
ay. Family members come and 
ay to take care of the patients. 
During the months of May 
trough August when the water 
ible is at the lowest, we get 
ght barrels of water a day from 
ur two wells. Thafs 440 gallons 
day which allows for a little 
ver one quart a day per person 
eluding missionaries, nurses, 
atients, and their families. 

Sahara Desert is said to be 
advancing further south each ' 

What can we do? Abandon the 
set up here? Obviously not! A 
large water cistern that would 
catch as much water as possible 
during those occasional rains 
during May through August 
would alleviate our need. 
(Usually it rains a lot during the 
months of September and 
October to bring up the 

The answer to our problem will 
soon be a reality! 

Funds have been supplied by 

The dental bui ding at Boguila 

To supplement the water 
tuation, the people walk miles 
I the early hours of the morning 
) try to be the first in line for 
le few gallons that can be 
)und in other distant wells. Even 
ter the rains have started, it 
lay not rain again for another 
vo weeks. We catch every 
ossible drop in barrels to help 
de us over. 

Many wells have been dug 
ere and then abandoned. At 
bout 13 yards deep there is 
uicksand that plugs up screens 
r fills the wells. The U.S. 
overnment attempted to drill 
/ells in this area during the last 
iree years but gave up. 
In spite of this problem the 
3wn of Boguila is growing 
ecause of the hospital. Thus, 
/e have more people to care 
Dr. Also the rain patterns seem 
D be growing worse each year 
'ossibly because of over-grazing 
ie central part of Africa. The 

the Irvin Young Foundation of 
Wisconsin for $20,000. This is 
what it will cost to construct a 
cistern with spouting that holds 
85,000 gallons of water-an 
adequate supply-100 barrels per 
day, instead of 8 for 15 days. 

Everything will be done by 
hand on this huge project. For 
example, trees must be felled, 
the hole dug, gravel and sand 
hauled from the nearby 
countryside. We have prospects 
of borrowing a cement mixer. It 
must be completed before the 
first rains which may come in 

Mrs. Young recently visited our 
mission field and many others 
around the world. The Lord has 
blessed her and her late husband 
in their business. The Youngs 
have shown their love for Him 
by generously assisting Christian 
organizations around the world. 

This donation is not the first we 
have received from the Young 


In the past they have 
contributed funds to construct 
the maternity buildings at Boguila 
and Yaloke. These buildings see 
over 600 new babies born in 
clean bright surroundings each 

They have contributed $2,000 - 
$3,000 a year for several years to 
the medical work for 
maintenance of existing facilities. 
The dental building at Boguila 
was built from funds from the 
Young Foundation. At present 
we are without a dentist, but the 
building is used for pulling 
unreparable teeth and for office 
and storage space. 

Their gifts have not been only 
to the medical work. A large 
addition to the print shop at Bata 
was provided by them. The large 
two-story guest house with two 
apartments, offices, meeting hall, 
and four large bedrooms in 
Bangui (frequently full and 
enjoyed by members of many 
evangelical missions) was built by 

Mrs. Young, during her tour of 
the medical facilities, stated that 
she was pleased with the way 
our mission has squeezed the 
greatest possible use out of 
every dollar they have 
contributed. Of course, much of 
that credit must go to Al Balzer 
who built all these buildings 
before his retirement. Thanks, Al! 

The Lord could accomplish 
much here without any of these 
buildings or a cistern, but Mrs. 
Cribble, wife of the mission 
founder, was a doctor who 
worked to alleviate the physical 
plights of the people. This has 
been the continuing desire that 
the Lord has given to us. 

Babies can be born in dirt huts. 
Bodies can stay dirty because of 
no water. But when one is thirsty 
and there is no clean water, that 
is very difficult. Meeting these 
needs helps us to show a little 
more concern and love. 

Thanks, Mr. and Mrs. Irvin 
Young and the Young 
Foundation from all the 
missionaries, but much more so 
from the Africans who are and 
will be enjoying these facilities 
for many years to come. 

Photo by Liz Cutler 


By Liz Cutler 

The challenge of developing a 
new department and the 
possibility of nnoving into a new 
building, devoted almost 
exclusively to science, faced 
biochemist Dr. Richard Jeffreys 
when he joined the faculty of 
Grace College nearly six years 

Now, as head of the biology 
department, he teaches biology, 
plant and animal biology, 
biochemistry, genetics, and 
biological survey. And, even 
finds time to conduct a summer 
experiment with the production 
of alcohol fuel in the lab of the 
three-year-old science center on 
the Grace campus. 

Has the science department 
changed since he came on 
board? Obviously, because there 
wasn't a biology major prior to 
then. "I don't know about the 
quality, whether it has changed 
tremendously," he says. "I think 
we were doing a good job over 
in the other building (Philathea 
Hall)." Even so, the expanded 
space now available to faculty 
members means that the 
students can be more 
comfortable while learning, in 
addition to some new equipment. 


in the 

which has been added. 

"We think that if the student is 
motivated properly, and is really 
interested in doing something, 
we can give him the background 
that will permit him to compete 
with students from larger 
schools," the department head 

"What Grace lacks in 
equipment," says Jeffreys, "we 
make up in the size of the 
classes. When you're lectured to 
in a classroom of 150-200 
students, compared with five, six, 
seven or eight that we have in 
some advanced classes— you can 
learn a lot more in the small 

Grace College is standing firm 
upon the Word of God and is 
teaching creationism in contrast 
to the theory of evolution being 
taught in most other colleges 
and universities. "I believe ifs a 
religion," Jeffreys says, agreeing 
with those associated with the 
Creation Research Institute. In 
fact, last spring was the first he 
taught the comparison of 
creation and evolution. 

It is his goal to see the young 
department strengthened and be 
reflected by the sound graduates 
that go on to further studies or 
work in the field. Already several 
graduates are studying at major 

universities throughout the 

The expanded biology 
department now includes 
programs for those interested i 
pre-medicine, pre-dentistry, prt 
veterinary science, and pre- 
pharmacy. "The pre-profession; 
programs are new," he notes. 
Because of those programs, 
several new courses have also 
been added. 

There are currently about 20 
students enrolled in the new 
program, with only five or six 
actually looking to biology as ; 
profession. About one gradual 
a year goes into biology | 

Jeffreys admits that biology 
itself is a limited field. "There 
really is not much you can do 
a biology major," he says. "If y 
graduate four years of college 
a biology major, you're not 
prepared to do anything, really 
unless you're going to teach it, 
he adds. 

The scientist considers his wc 
at Grace as a ministry. "I think 
God called me to teach at a 
Christian school," he says. He 
recalls visiting the campus whi 
attending Camp Bethany (the 
forerunner of Brethren Nationc 
Youth Conference) years ago. 
can remember coming to Grac 
just feeling— someday I'll teach 

Back home in Pennsylvania, I 
attended the University of We 
Virginia, just 28 miles from his 
home, where he obtained his 
bachelor, masters and doctora 
degrees. From there, he went 
post-doctorate cancer research 

But teaching had always bee 
his goal. "I really felt thafs wh 
wanted to do," he says. "I love 
teaching, I always wanted to 
teach," he adds, stressing the 

After two years of cancer 
research, he was led to a smal 
school, Missouri Baptist Colleg 
in St. Louis, Missouri. He spent 
four years on the faculty of thi 
new school. 

It was while visiting his famil' 
in Uniontown, Pennsylvania, o 
Christmas that he learned of a 
opening on the Grace faculty 
through another Uniontown 

jtive and former Grace College 
culty member, Jeriy Franks. Dr. 
ary Tanner was leaving his post 
i a full-time faculty member. 
Jeffreys wrote a letter of inquiry 
> the school. Grace's response, 
iquesting him to come for an 
terview, was preceded in the 
ail by a copy of the faculty 

He hasn't regretted the 
jcision to come to Winona 
ike, Indiana. "I like the Christian 
)mmitment that the college 
IS," he says. 

That commitment is something 
at aligns closely with his own 
id that he exudes in the 
assroom. What he does is his 
inistry— part of a commitment 
at goes back as far as those 
lys at Camp Bethany. 
'One of my goals of teaching is 
' do a sound job of teaching, in 
^ing them (the students) a 
iristian perspective and 
aintaining a Christian life style," 
; notes. 

rhe professor sees his greatest 
lent as being able to 
)mmunicate effectively from 
e podium in a classroom 
cture. "I love to lecture," he 

He is challenged by the idea of 
esenting an entertaining 
cture. "I try to keep a 
)ntinuity of thought," he says, 
ke ifs a story." A small hand 
jppet occasionally visits the 
assroom, offering insights on 
at da/s lecture. 
A great deal of time goes into 
s class preparation-from 
/erhead transparencies to his 
cture notes, which are written 
jt so students can read them, if 

His enthusiasm for his work 
irries over into his private life 
I well. By his own admission, 
; is a "very aggressive" ball 
ayer, stepping up to bat for the 
'inona Lake Grace Brethren 
hurch Softball team and for a 
cal industrial team in Warsaw. 
And with as much enthusiasm, 
? coaches the soccer teams 
hich his two youngsters, Doug 
id Rachel, play on. He also 
jrticipates in the church choir 
: WLGBC, where he attends 
ith his wife, Kathy, and their 



A Blessing to Grace Schools 

Over 800 companies across Amenca match (and in some cases 
double the gifts of their employees to recognized institutions. Last 
year Grace Schools received a record amount through the Matching 
Gift Program with well over 100 people involved. 

Grace Schools would like to say thank you to those who realized 
the benefits of a doubled dollar. Grace has received gifts from these 
companies because their employees gave to see God's work con- 
tinue at Grace. 


Sterling Drug 

Midland Mutual 
Gates Rubber 
Sperry Rand 

Pittsburg Plate Glass 
Armstrong Cork 
Reliance Electric 
United Telephone 

American Motors 

Eli Lilly 

Staufer Chemical 


Appleton Papers 


Pitney Bowes 


International Harvester 

Bristol Myers 



Terry Priest 
Jean Eisenhaven 
Nadine Fahnestock 
Pearl Horst 
Sheila Zehring 
Charles Yeager 
Larry Mueller 
Betty Stewart 
David Bright 
Thomas Teare 
Ed Wingard 
James Goodling 
Linda Tom 
Don Hair 
Rayona Perry 
John Glingle 
Paul Klink 
Carol Pennybacker 
Elma Rigby 
Harold Reffner 
James Spicer 
Calvin Ademeit 
John Coykendall 
James Weikel 
Ronald Davis 
Rollin Jump 
Richard Foote 
Wes Miller 
Roger Thieme 

Check with the personnel office where you work to see if your 
company is a matching gift sponsor, or write the Development 
Department at Grace Schools for complete details. 

Honor Roll of Churches 

1980-81 Academic Year 

Church and Pastor 

Winona Lake Grace Brethren Church (Charles Ashman) 

Pleasant View Community Church (Ivan French) 

Community Grace Brethren Church (David Plaster) 

Fellowship Baptist Church 

Simi Valley Grace Brethren Church (John Cillis) 

Grace Brethren Church (Kenneth Ashman) 

First Baptist Church (Daniel Gelatt) 

Grace Brethren Church (Knute Larson) 

Worthington Grace Brethren Church (James Custer) 

Bethel Brethren Church (Ward Miller) 

Grace Brethren Church (Terrance Taylor) 

Community Gospel Church (Robert Hueni) 

Peru Grace Brethren Church (lames Marshall) 

Sidney Grace Brethren Church (A. Rollin Sandy) 

Chapel in University Park (Dr. David Burnham) 

Living Gospel Church (Otto Beer, \r.) 

Penn Valley Grace Brethren Church fVV/7/iam Jweeddale) 

First Brethren Church (Robert Russell) 

Grace Brethren Church of Greater Washington 
(fames Dixon) 

Berean Bible Church (jerry Day) 

Grace Brethren Church (Leiand Friesen) 

Grace Brethren Church (Paul Woodruff) 

Calvary Baptist Church 

Elkhart Grace Brethren Church (Everett Caes) 

First Baptist Church (Dave Miller) 

First Brethren Church (Roger Wambold) 

Grace Brethren Church (Ken Bickel) 

Grace Brethren Church (Luke Kauffman) 

Grace Brethren Church of Norton (Robert Combs) 

Lehigh Grace Brethren Church (Ron Guiles) 

North East Baptist Church (Wendell Heller) 

Waimalu Grace Brethren Church (James Kennedy) 

City/State College 

Winona Lake, IN 42 

Warsaw, IN 13 

Warsaw, IN 16 

Warsaw, IN 6 

Simi Valley, CA 14 

Wooster, OH 12 

Elkhart, IN 10 

Ashland, OH 9 

Worthington, OH 8 

Osceola, IN 9 

Canton, OH 7 

Bremen, IN 8 

Peru, IN 8 

Sidney, IN 9 

Akron, OH 5 

Nappanee, IN 6 

Telford, PA 7 

Rittman, OH 5 

Temple Hills, MD 4 

Columbus, IN 5 

Fremont, OH 6 

Indianapolis, IN 4 

Canton, Ml 5 

Elkhart, IN 5 

Mishawaka, IN 5 

Philadelphia, PA 5 

Goshen, IN 4 

Myerstown, PA 5 

Norton, OH 4 

Bethlehem, PA 4 

Indianapolis, IN 5 

Aiea, HI 5 

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is as follows: ... , 

In Memory of: 

Mrs. Fannie Eberly 

Mr. Bert Jordan 
Dr. Charles Beatty 
Mrs. R. Paul Miller, Sr. 

Mrs. Savannah Powell 

Mr. Paul A. Davis 
Mrs. Chester McCall 

Irene Hosteller 

Mrs. R. A. Creig, Sr. 
Rev. Raymond Kettell 



Given by: 

Grace Brethren Church & School 

Phoenix, Arizona 
Mrs. Bert Jordan 
Mr. and Mrs. C. E. Skellenger 
Mr. and Mrs. Chester Elliott 
Rev. Williann H. Schaffer 
Rev. and Mrs. Paul E. Dick 
Mr. and Mrs. Marvin Brumbaugh 
Rev. and Mrs. Max Brenneman 
Mr. and Mrs. Joseph Taylor 
Mr. and Mrs. Robert Taylor 
Mrs. Helen M. Davis 
Rev. and Mrs. Paul E. Dick 
Mrs. Leo Polman 
Peru Brethren Church 

Peru, Indiana 
Mrs. W. H. Greenwood 
Gwen Thompson 

To share words of "comfort" with someone in a time of sorrow, or to 
express your "best wishes" on some special occasion of joy, is one of the 
nicest things you can do. 

We will be pleased to speed your card of "sympathy," or of "congratula- 
tions," to a loved one, friend or family according to your instructions, im- 
mediately upon receipt of your gift in any amount to Grace Schools. 

Today, let them know you really care. Complete the form below and send 
with your check. The amount will remain confidential. 



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Living Memorials, Grace College and Seminary, Winona Lake, Ind. 46590 






Working with the Local Church 

Many men have a genuine burden for reaching 
boys and the desire to do something about it. But 
because they have little or no experience in a 
boys' ministry, they simply don't know where to 
start or how to proceed. In Grace Brethren Boys, 
we believe that our main reason for existence is 
to distill and organize the many years of 
successful ministry to boys that is represented by 
our advisory board. Then we are to present it to 
the men of our Fellowship in a simple, 
understandable manner, so that they can build a 
successful boys' ministry of their own. We believe 
that our function is to provide the training and 
support materials these men need to do the job 



One of the major 
tools we use is a 
monthly publication 
called The Chopping 
Block. This contains 
a complete outline 
of the unif s activities 
for the entire month. We even list suggested 
games the boys would enjoy playing. This 
monthly plan is designed in such a way that it can 
be followed completely or adapted to meet the 
unique needs of the local congregation. One of 
the most popular features of The Chopping Block 
is the detailed outlines that are presented for the 
devotionals each week. The first week of the 
month involves a doctrinal study, the second 
week features a Bible character study, the third 
week usually is an object lesson or devotional 
focusing on some aspect of nature, and the 
fourth week is a study of one of our Brethren 
missionaries. Each monthly issue also contains a 
specific training emphasis, carefully outlined to 
facilitate presenting the material to the boys in an 
organized manner. Along with this training 

emphasis is a detailed outline for reinforcing or 
applying these skills in a way that makes the 
learning process fun for the boy. 





major support 
tool that Grace 
Brethren Boys has 
developed for the 
use of the local 
leader is the new Leader's Guide. We have spent 
two years listening to men tell us what they 
needed to know to start a unit and to keep an 
established unit functioning smoothly. We have 
also interviewed men who are doing the job 
successfully, seeking to find the elements that 
make their ministry successful. This Leader's 
Guide is the result of this effort. It is not a 
collection of untried theories, but a practical 
compendium of "How To" information from 
those who have proved it can be done. 

Some of the topics covered in the new Leader's 

Guide are as follows: 
1. How to determine the best possible 
meeting night for your church. 
What takes place on a typical meeting 
night, along with the rationale for each 

A method whereby the men in the local 
church can develop a complete yearly and 
monthly plan that is specifically tailored for 
their own unique situation. 

4. A system for enlisting the help of other men 
in the church and community to assist in the 
training of the boys. 

5. A method for keeping the interest of the 
older boys, challenging them and 
developing leadership abilities in them at 
the same time. 

6. How to effectively communicate spiritual 
truths to the boys, rather than just "telling" 
a devotional. 

7. Practical aids and pointers on how to lead a 
young boy to Jesus Christ. 

8. How to cope with the discipline problem. 

As we see it, our responsibility before God is to 
help the men of your church have the most 
successful boys ministry possible. We exist to 
provide you with the training and support 
materials necessary to get that job done. Thank 
you for praying and giving so that this can be 
done. Continue to support us as there is still 
much to be done, please. 

If you would like sample copies of The Chopping 
Block, please address your inquiries to us at: 
Grace Brethren Boys; Mike Ostrander, Dir.; 103 S. 
Willow, Flora, Indiana 46929. 

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National Fellowship of Grace Brethren Men, Inc. 

"Faithful men, who shall be able to teach others also" 2 Timothy 2:2. 

National Men's Sunday 

By Mr. Harold Hollinger, President 
National Fellowship of Grace Brethren Men 

Greetings in the blessed name of Jesus Christ our Lord. What a joy it is for me to be able to 
share with the men of our Fellowship in this issue of the Herald! 

In a letter dated October 7, 1980, we asked the pastors in our Fellowship to allow and 
encourage the men of their church to have complete responsibility for the planning of the 
services for "National Men's Sunda/' on November 2, 1980. It was a thrill for me to receive 
your letters and hear how the Lord worked in the local churches as pastors and their men 
became involved in planning and carrying out the duties of the worship services. The 
following quotations are a sampling of the excitement and joy that resulted as men accepted 
this opportunity and challenge to serve. 

Flora, Indiana— "\Ne praise Cod for a good service and for the many men involved (at least 11) 
in the services Sunday. We feel, because of them, that we are going to see great things 
happen here. " 

Martinsburg, West Virginia— "The men were very, very cooperative and the day was a praiseful 
and wonderful day unto the Lord. In the two Sunday services we had a total of about 45 men 
involved including the special men's choir. We were so blessed that it is now an annual event 
the first Sunday of November each year." 

Harrah, Washington— "We regularly use our men in the service ministries here at Harrah 
Brethren Church and we do appreciate it. Each Sunday we have men responsible for reading 
the Scriptures, opening prayer, song leading and ushering. Our special music for the day was 
our men's quartet." 

Berne, Indiana— "We had many different men participating. It was successful, judging from the 
comments after the service. This was a first-time experience for all these men. Throughout the 
year, however, we do try to involve other men in the services. We will continue to do so." 

Pinellas Park, Florida— "One of the things our service did for our people, and especially the 
men, was to cause them to realize that the men can really minister to the people of this 
congregation! They don't have to rely on a "professional" in order to get the job done. It was 
a tremendous time and my heart was deeply blessed by their ministry to me." 

In York, and Elizabethtown, Pennsylvania, men were involved in all parts of the service with 
the National President, Mr. Harold Hollinger, bringing the message. 

In Clearwater, Florida, the men shared in the service with three men speaking in the worship 
service. Danville, Ohio, observed the day with a special speaker as their lay representative. 

As one pastor responded, "Thanks for the motivation to do what I should have done 
sometime ago. I have been wanting to do this but needed a little 'kick' in the pants"! I believe 
Paul had somewhat the same idea as he wrote to Timothy and as he encouraged him to 
endure hardness, to strive for masteries with the motivating force being, "Remember Jesus 
Christ" (2 Tim. 2:8). May God help each of us to be faithful men fit for His service. 

We are indeed very grateful for the good response to the special offering on that day. Our 
goal was to receive $4,500 for the Director of the Grace Brethren Boys program, Mr. Mike 
Ostrander. Even though we did not meet our goal, we are thankful for your generosity. 

Indeed we thank God for the many victories and we trust decisions were made on "National 
Men's Sunday." Certainly we can say "Praise God from whom all blessing flow"! 

From the Fellowship of Grace Brethren Churches 

D Rev. Donald Jentes has resigned from the 
pastorate of the Grace Brethren Church in Albu- 
querque, N. Mex. His membership is now in the 
Heights Grace Brethren Church in Albuquerque. 

D Rev. Clyde Landrum has begun a new Grace 
Brethren church in Lexington, Ky., with 23 charter 
members. He commutes weekly from his home in 
Winona Lake, Indiana. 

D Rev. Ed Lewis is announcing that he will be 
available for evangelistic work. He can be reached 
at 6117 N.W. 27th St., Margate, Fla. 33063 (Tel. 

□ The new Rossmoor Grace Brethren Church, a 
branch of Grace Brethren Church of Long Beach, 
Calif., is being pastored by Mick Ukleja as of Jan. 1 . 
Mr. Ukleja is a recent graduate of Dallas Seminary. 

D Opportunity to serve the Lord in the Sun Belt . . . 

Santa Rosa, Calif., a newly formed fellowship in 
Northern California, is seeking willing workers to 
relocate and help evangelize this fast-growing 
town. Call Pastor Mel Grimm at 707/542-5683 for 

chanae yeur annual 

n The telephone number for Rev. Ed Lewis, 6117 
N.W. 27th St., Margate, Fla., is 305/ 
973-7344. D The address of Robert Carmean is 
8150 Caroline, N.W., Massillon, Ohio 
44646. D The correct telephone number for J. 
Keith Altig (pg. 86) is 213/693-8182. D The ad- 
dress of Michael Blakley (pg. 88) is 833 Wescove PL, 
West Covina, Calif. 91790. D Gregory Field (pg. 
92) has moved to Apt. 14, Eldridge Gardens, West 
Collingswood, N.J. 08107. D Steven Howell (pg. 
96) changes to R.D. No. 7, Box 34, Johnstown, Pa. 
15905. □ The new address of Kenneth Stoll is 62 
Stonegate Dr., Mt. Holly, N.J. 08060. D The cor- 
rect zip code for Marysville (pg. 79) is 43040. The 
church address is the same, but all mail should be 
directed to Roger Krynock, pastor. 

D Yorktown, Va., is a new work being pioneered 
by the Richmond, Va., Grace Brethren Church. 
Anyone who knows of prospects in this area can 
contact Pastor Kurt Miller, 10909 Lucks Ln., 
Midlothian, Va., 23113. 

D Rev. Kurt Miller, pastor of the Grace Brethren 
Church of Richmond, Va., was ordained to the 
Christian ministry Nov. 2, 1980. Pastor Homer 
Lingenfelter, Everett, Pa., delivered the ordination 

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Death notices must be 
submitted in writing by 
the pastor. 

BEATTY, Dr. Charles, Dec. 3, Grace Brethren Church, Long 
Beach, Calif. Dave Hocking, pastor. 

BECKER, Gertrude, charter member of the Grace Brethren 
Church, Waterloo, Iowa. John Burke, pastor. 

BOWMAN, Mildred, 63, Dec. 31, Community Grace Brethren 
Church, Warsaw, Ind. David Plaster, pastor. Mrs. Bowman 
received a Christian education diploma from Grace Seminary in 

BMH News continued on page 36. 

GBC Christian Education 

hoping to help 
in Christian ed. 

youth, and 
church growth 

On a Given Day CE 

On a given day in January, a very special day, I heard 
the news that our hostages were about to come home. 
And they did. I had the opportunity to speak to about 
200 grade school children studying Christ and life, and 
putting the two together. I talked with one marriage 
about revival of love and strength; got a man into the 
Word and Colossians 3:21 to fight depression; urged a 
wife to find freedom in God's will for her role in the 
marriage; and tried to point to Christ and righteousness 
in another marriage torn by infidelity. I heard a snatch 
of new President Reagan's 19 minute, 56 second 
inaugural speech, and Don Moomaw's open prayer of 
trust. I heard the singing in Algeria as the hostages 
made their first appearance in freedom. I studied and 
turned in a sermon outline on the power of God, from 
Ephesians 3:20-21, where He says He will do "above all 
that we ask or think." I talked with Ed Lewis about our 
staff needs and some plans for Christian Education. 1 
took part in a hearing thafs allowed in our free land, 
about church property and usage. I made plans with 
some staff about the church's help to some very 
needy, and how we can get others involved in our 
lives too. I hugged my wife and children, in that order, 
and talked with the Lord and got from His Word, and 
gave thanks for ce. 

And here I mean small letters ce, for the more I go 
through life-l don't need to tell you this-the more I 
am convinced of the need for the principles of Jesus 
Christ in everything I did that day, January 20. 

We follow not a strange Lord, but a Lord who is 
aware of all the needs of our lives, and who has given 
us so much grace and so much of His strength to meet 
those needs. 

And in America, so much freedom. Our gifts are 
multiple. Our privileges immense. And the church must 
go on pronouncing the answer and living it, sharing its 
love, doing its work with more vigor than ever before 
in a day when, if ever, "now is the hour." Not to say 
goodbye, but to come alive, promote the study of 
Scripture and growth in Christ, revitalize the youth and 
children's ministries, make the adult fellowships so 
inviting that people can't resist caring enough to come. 

What a day, 1981, to be alive in the witness and 
educational process that we call Christianity. 

Would you rejoice with me and commit yourself to 
the daily work of Christ and His Body, the Church and 
its evangelism, and ce? 

New 1- 

Additions ^ 

to Our 3. 

Ministries 4. 

to Help 

ABF Handouts— an outline and project sheet to keep your adults interested 

and classes interesting. They go along with BMH and other resource books. 
"Enrichment" bulletin inserts— for personal and family joy. A way of letting 

your people know you're concerned about where they are and where they're 

CE issue Tapes— to help the "grass roots" people in the GBC learn 

about church Christian education. 
Young Teen Program at Adult Conference— exciting plans for that special 

age— something in addition to regular Brethren National Youth Conference 

scheduled later. 

P.O. Box 365 Winona Lake, Indiana, 46590 (219)267-6622 

Executive Director Knute Larson Director of Youth Ministries Ed Lewis 

Director of SMM Judy Ashman Director of Ministries Kevin Huggins 

Into the Third Century 

In the two hundred and first 
year of the Sunday school - 
by common reckoning, lef s 
celebrate its maturity. Sunday 
school is a valuable part of 
church ministry, for it forms 
small groups, gets the 
speaker-class ratio down, 
promotes outreach, and Is a 
natural for fellowship and 
witness and love. 

Bring on the Sunday school 
for another two hundred, if 
we need to study that long! 

And the good news is that 
many of our CBC Sunday 
schools are growing. Where 
the national average has the 
morning worship and Sunday 
school differential getting 
bigger, our stats show growth 
in many of the Sunday schools 
along with their church 
worship. We're most glad! 

Just the way the Sunday 
school is organized gives the 
possibility of flexibility. In the 
Adult Bible Fellowships - 
that's what we like to call the 
adult section — there's time 
for fun announcements and 
caring news and prayer 
requests. There's time to relax 
together. Sunday school is a 
great place to be when you're 
not a lone ranger. 

The children's areas provide 
opportunity to talk before and 
after class, no prelude for 
sitting in rows or formality, 
and many questions and 
answers about the Word. 

And by the way, this just 
could be the two hundred 

and thirty-second birthday of 
the Sunday school, the 
Brethren Sunday school. In the 
book. History of the Brethren, 
this recall about early 
Brethren leaders in 

Lewis (Ludwig) Hocker was 
also a leader at Ephrata. He 
became the schoolmaster of 
the congregation and in 1749 
a building (Succoth) was 
erected for his use. He 
opened a Sabbath school 
thirty years before Robert 
Raikes began his Sunday 
school (in 1780). 

There is evidence to justify 
the claim that the 
Germantown congregation 
had a Sabbath school before 
1738. The meeting for the 
unmarried held every Sunday 
afternoon was doubtless a 
Sunday school. Ludwig Hocker 
may have been the leader of 
this meeting. In 1744, 
Christoph Saur printed a 
collection of 381 tickets, upon 
each one of which is a 
scriptural quotation and a 
stanza of religious poetry by 
Gerhard Tersteegen. These 
were evidently used in the 
Brethren's Sunday school .... 

It is well to note that Sunday 
Schools, Council Meetings, 
and an Old Folks' Home were 
instituted by these early 

However it started, lefs help 
make it really flourish now! 


AA Long Beach, Calif. (Grace) 

A Modesto, Calif. (Big Valley) 

B Warsaw, Ind. 

C Columbus, Ohio (East Side) 

D Kittanning, Pa. (Grace) 


David Hocking 
David Seifert 
David Plaster 
Randy Bowman 
Richard Cornwell 


CE Issue Tapes 

What's it all about? ] 

**To instruct CBC people about 

church Christian education. 

How will it work? 

**Each month a new cassette will 
be aimed at meeting your 
questions about CE in your 
church. ' 

How do I get involved? I 

** Subscription for 12 months is ; 

$42.00. Develop your own CE ; 

library of cassettes 
**Or order each month at $4.00 ■ 

per tape. 

What can I look forward to? 

* * One tape each month, a coverj 
letter and handout material on? 
the subject at hand. 

** Subjects such as: 
Ministry to Parents 
Senior Citizens Ministries 
Dr. David Hocking on "Setting 

Starting a church CE program 
SMM - what It Is, how does It fit 
Effective strategy for youth worl 
Doing Ushering 

****And MUCH, MUCH MORE!*** 

Let us know if you're interested. 

E Lexington, Ohio 

F Philadelphia, Pa. (First) 

G Mission Viejo, Calif. 

H Anchorage, Alaska 

I Des Moines, Iowa 

J West Covina, Calif. 

Dean Risser 
Roger Wambold 
Milan Yerkovich 
Larry Smithwick 
Richard Sellers 
Dan Viveros 

Joy and Gusto 
in the Sunday Sctiool 

Some places, it's true, Sunday school suffers 
from "repetitionitis." 

Other places, "unrelateditis" has set in, and 
the condition is almost terminal. People are 
convinced the book studied has little to do 
with the daily grind. 

But, but, but ... . 

The bad news is over. 
The good news has come. 
Or is coming. 

Sunday school and Adult Bible Fellowships 
are taking their antibiodics and vitamins and 
getting strong and healthy. 

Teachers are coming early, getting their 
students in on the very Biblical lessons, and 
pastoral care is happening during the week. 

ABF classes are organizing for fellowship, 
growth, and real Bible learning, with class 
leaders having a complementary role with the 
teacher, and class deacons looking out for 
their friends like shepherds. 

SS and ABF is not vanilla! 

Special subjects, often with ABF handouts, 
are scratching where people of the 80s itch. 
Biblical lessons are getting across content and 
application, with freedom for questions and 

Children's teachers are dropping by homes to 
meet the parents and know the children 
better. My daughter posted her birthday card 
from her Sunday school teacher with great 

Classes for a month or two or three are 
springing up for a targeted clientele-parents, 
studying James Dobson's moving films on 
family; middle singles, reading One Is A Whole 
Number or looking up answers to their own 
questions; younger adults, concentrating on 
the adjustment years right after the 
honeymoon; regular regulars, studying the 
worldwide human struggle. 

Friday socials are bringing in the husbands 
who won't make class and mixing first-row 
people with last-row people. 

Youth parties are helping the school reach 
out in its admissions program. 

Preschool leaders are finding new help with 
great quarterlies and never ever just child- 
sitting without content and progress. 

What an idea! Thank you Pop Etiing! Thank 
you Robert Raikes, Ludwig Hocked Thank you 

The Growinq 







Adult Bible Fellowship 

Weekly lesson sheets 

** To help in-class discussion 

** To give outline and notes 
to help students follow 
the teacher 

** For the student's Bible 
study files 

** To help students have 
"neighbor nudging" and 
small-group break to help 
the lesson 

* * To give brief assignments 
for the next week! 

May we send you a list of 

lessons available and the BMH 

and other study books they 

go with? 

GBC Christian Education 

Box 365 
Winona Lake, IN 46590 

Pastor Art Carey 

Community Brethren Church 
Grass Valley, Calif. 

It all started about a year 
ago when Tony, a friend of 
our youngest son Tim, moved 
to Grass Valley, California. In 
an attempt to start a boys' 
work he did some calling and 
met a dear Mexican couple 
and invited them to church. 
They came two Sundays in a 
row. Upon a pastoral call, the 
whole family received Christ 
and two weeks later were 
baptized and entered the 
church membership. About 
the same time a young man 
became interested in a young 
woman who attended; they 
were married and joined the 
group. He invited his friends 
who began coming. Some of 

Tony's friends from Southern 
California moved here, got 
interested, and joined. So our 
Sunday school suddenly 
expanded with three new 
classes, the young adult class 
having a high of 17. 

Love and concern for one 
another began showing. 
People got together and gave 
a fabulous amount for a car 
lift so that a wheelchair 
member could attend 
services. Some mowed lawns 
for the elderly. A WMC- 
sponsored group started 
Sunday meetings at a rest 
home. Men gathered to help 
the pastor move. Even a 
baseball team had fun. The 
key to all this was that people 
made themselves available, 
and God did the work. He 
made them able. 

hoping to help 

Brethren National 
Youth Conference 

"After completing my ninth 
grade in high school, I was 
deciding whether to go to 
public school. My life seemed 
to be so routine and I wasn't 
really standing out as a strong 
Christian among my friends. 
Some of my friends, I am 
sure, didn't even know that I 
was a Christian. 

"I decided to attend 
Brethren National Youth 
Conference. I knew there 
would be lots of kids there 
and it would give me an 
opportunity to learn to be a 
spiritual leader. 

"I made a decision during 
conference to get down to 
business with God. I needed 
more regular and meaningful 
devotions. I also felt God 
wanted me to leave the 

Pray for the effectiveness of BNYC. Your offerings help 
make it possible, and help make changes in young 
people as evidenced in Bob's life. 

My gift toward the ministry of GBC Chiristian Education 
and Bretliren National Youth Conference 




State Zip 

My home church (Name) 


public school and to attend a 
Christian school because I 
needed more Bible training, 
and I needed to grow 

Bob Morgan is now 
president of his sophomore 
class at Lakeland Christian 
Academy in Warsaw, Indiana. 
He is involved in the Winona 
Lake Grace Brethren youth 
group and meets with his 
youth pastor, Dave Bogue, 
regularly because Bob desires 
to be a real spiritual leader. 

Bob says, "My attitudes are 
a lot different and my 
devotions are more regular." 

Bob is the son of Mr. and 
Mrs. Robert Morgan of North 
Webster, Indiana. 

BNYC is a spiritual highlight 
in the lives of many Grace 
Brethren young people. This 
conference, planned by the 
office of GBC Christian 
Education, draws hundreds of 
young people together each 
year for spiritual challenge 
and growth. This year's 
Brethren National Youth 
Conference will be held in 
beautiful Colorado (Greeley) 
during the week of August 9 
through 15. Barry St. Clair will 
be the keynote speaker and 
the theme is based on 
Philippians 3:14 - - "Moving 
On Up." 

Women Manifesting 



Mrs. Dan (Miriam) Pacheco, 413 Kings Highway, Winona Lake, 
Ind. 46590-219/267-7603 

First Vice President 

Mrs. Dean (Ella Lee) Risser, 58 Holiday Hill, Lexington, Ohio 

Second Vice President 

Mrs. James (Triceine) Custer, 2515 Carriage Lane, Powell, Ohio 


Mrs. Fred (Margie) Devan, Jr., 2507 Vancouver Dr., N.W., 
Roanoke, Va., 24012-703/366-2843 

Assistant Secretary 

Mrs. Donald (Marilyn) Weltmer, Route #1, Box 131, 
Cerrardstown, W. Va. 25420-304/229-3920 

Financial Secretary-Treasurer 

Miss Joyce Ashman, 602 Chestnut Avenue, Winona Lake, Ind. 

Assistant Financial Secretary-Treasurer 

Mrs. Bill (Shirley) Stevens, Box 59, R. R. 1, Lake Odessa, Mich. 

Literature Secretary 

Mrs. Ralph (Betty) Hall, Route #3, Box 297, Warsaw, Ind. 


Mrs. Noel (Linda) Hoke, R. R. 1, Hickory Estates, Warsaw, Ind. 

Prayer Chairman 

Mrs. John (Sally) Neely, 121 S. Walnut Street, Troy, Ohio 



Goal - $10,000 

Giving this year will supply 

the need for an electronic 

memory-bank typewriter, 

partial support for the 

African pastor's education 

and additional money for 

the new mission residence 

to be located in Winona 

Lake, Indiana, and used for 

missionaries on furlough 

and mission candidates' 


Deadline for this offering is 

June 10, 1981 

*Offering deadline for the 

Grace Schools offering is 

March 10, 1981. Send offerings 

to Miss loyce Ashman, 602 

Chestnut Avenue, Winona 

Lake, Indiana 46590 

Missionary Birthdays 

May 1981 

(If no address is listed, the address will be found on pages 32-34 
of the 1981 Grace Brethren Annual.) 


Mrs. Denise Skeen May 1 

Nathan Stallter May 3, 1979 

Mrs. Linda Pfahler May 17 

Mr. Werner Kammier May 30 


Michael Hoyt May 8, 1975 

KathrynHoyt May 13, 1974 

Philip Hoyt May 16, 1971 


Mrs. Dorothy Hodgdon May 13 


Mrs. Vicki DeArnney May 5 

Rev. Larry DeArnney May 9 


Mrs. Becky Pappas May 1 





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ij a treasure of knowled^ and understanding/' S 

Try an early picnic. A mother-daughter picnic 
might be a different way of staging that annual 
event. If bad weather still prevails in your area at 
the time, make your picnic indoors. Maybe this 
might be a time to also show interest in the boys' 
group of your church. Include them and stress the 
achievement of the boys as well as the girls. 

April is the special month for remembering SMM 
girls. Supply refreshments for an SMM birthday par- 
Sponsor a mom s morning out. This could be a 
way of WMC outreach. Plan for young children and 
tend them in a central location-the church if the 
plan meets with church approval. This way mothers 
of the church can run a special errand or just do 
something they would enjoy without a little one 
underfoot. This could be as often as you have 
babysitters willing to enchant numerous little ones 
while Mom is otherwise occupied. This does not 
need to be held in conjunction with a regular WMC 
meeting, but when the mothers pick up their 
children a strong advertisement for the church and 
WMC should be given. This could be open to just 
church attenders at first and gradually the word will 
get around if the go-ahead signal is given to those 
mothers. Maybe a way to start would be one morn- 
ing every month. Plan for a lot of children and their 
individual needs and set specific times. 

Plan to wash windows for a friend who cannot do 
this chore by herself. The job will go faster and the 
friend can be a prospect for your WMC group, or 
perhaps do it for an elderly lady who could not do 
the job by herself. Your life will be brighter for help- 
ing a friend, and the friend's life will be brighter with 
a better look at Cod's wonders. 

By Pauline Walters 

"You ought to take that position," Cathy 
stated. "It is an honor. We can't even appoint 
you. The appointment has to come from 

When I talked with Tillie, she also urged 
me to give it strong consideration. I could 
accept. But if God is not in it, I want no part 
of that job. In the first place, why was I 
chosen? Others have been in the 
organization for years and have probably 
labored hard and had not been recognized. 

Days have gone by. Tomorrow I must give 
my answer. What shall it be? "Oh, Cod, 
show me. Is there room in my heavy 
schedule to handle one more thing?" I can't 
afford to substitute the glamour of position 
for the presence of my precious Lord. The 
world operates in a peculiar fashion. We can 
be relieved of a position in which we have 
labored hard and long with no praise, no 
recognition; then see it handed to a novice 
who has no burden nor concern. We, too, 
can inherit something we have not earned. 
The foolish crowd applauds the imitation and 
hisses at the real. 

Oh, praise the Lord for what He teaches in 
our day-by-day walk with Him. Evaluations 
like beauty are in the eye of the beholder. 
How thankful we should be that Cod's 
judgments are just. If we have the privilege 
of hearing Him say, "Well done, thou good 
and faithful servant," that evaluation will be 

The chain of ^ 

WMC helps to the local 
church should be a significant aid to the 
growth of the local fellowships of 
believers. From manual labor projects, 
such as cleaning the church, sewing for 
missionaries, and serving meals for families 
in need, to outreach and winning souls to 
Christ through invitation to fellowship, the 
WMC should be a functional arm of the 

WMC Can Help Your Church 



This Bank 
Be Filled? 

Each year ladies of the 
WMC are asked to 
contribute to an offering 
that is labeled the Christian 
Education offering. Moneys 
from this offering go 
towards the support of the 
Director of SMM who 
works out of the Christian 

Education office. Miss Judy 
Ashman is the current 
Director of SMM and in this 
capacity has spearheaded 
many of the fine programs 
that are now available for 
your use in your local 
church. Additional money 
from this offering goes 
toward the sponsorship of 
a scholarship for the SMM 
Girl of the Year to Grace 
College. This offering is 
collected by local councils 
at various times throughout 
the year and by different 
methods, but it is due 
before April 30 of the 
current year. 

Our set goal as a national 
organization for this 
offering is $6,000. As our 
offering goals go, this is 
one of the minor amounts 
set before us as a 
challenge. However, this 
goal has not been met. 
Judy, as national director, 

does not go unpaid as she 
is a regular staff member of 
the Christian Education 
Department and she does 
not devote any less of her 
time to SMM, but, ladies, 
this is our responsibility and 
commitment to the 
Christian Education 
Department and we should 
fulfill our commitments. 

WMCs national executive 
board has repeatedly 
instructed local and district 
organizations to set 
reachable goals. This we 
feel is a respectable, 
reachable goal when our 
other missionary goals are 
more than this amount and 
are met consistently. SMM 
is no less a missionary 
endeavor when we are 
striving to teach our young 
girls and reach them for 
the Lord. Lefs work even 
harder this year to see this 
goal become a reality. 

The President Speaks 

By Mrs. Dan (Miriam) Pacheco 

National WMC President 

Thanks to all of you who have responded with the 
information about your local councils. It is great to 
get acquainted with you in a more personal way . . . 
and your words of encouragement and promises of 
prayer support are appreciated so much. 

I'd like to share some of the special blessings and 
burdens of ladies across our fellowship. 


new WMCs beginning 

direct answers to prayer 

personal growth through studying God's Word 

new SMMs organized 

increased attendances 

willing and able officers 

enthusiasm for missions 

unity and love through prayer 

completed projects 


hunger for God's Word 

desire to spend time in prayer 

qualified ladies willing to serve in leadership 

wisdom for local, district and national officers 

more women involved 

spiritual growth in each lady 

larger vision for missions 

loving fellowship 

lives that manifest Christ at home, in church 

responsibilities and in the community 
SMM groups and patronesses; 
meet project goals; 
loving and caring in reaching out to 


new Brethren; 

young women; 
faithfulness in attendance; 
enthusiasm and active participation. 

Many requested prayer for their pastors, for the 
physical and financial needs of their church family, 
for those living far from the Lord, and for individual 

It was good to learn that women are involved in 
some of the churches of the Navajo Mission. Pray 
for these women and the missionaries who work 
with them. 

Alys Haag, from the San Ysidro/Tijuana WMC re- 
quests prayer for the newly baptized members in 
all the mission churches, for the pastors' en- 
thusiasm to remain, and that the Bible Institute 
students will become good pastors. Keep these 
specific requests in mind. 

You'll notice that some items appear on both the 
Praise and Petition lists. In the areas some have had 
victory in; others are trusting the Lord to work. 

Your ministry of prayer will have far-reaching and 
eternal results. If s a ministry in which everyone can 

by Linda Hoke 

As I walk along life's pathway 
Spinning dreams from day to day, 
Is His likeness in the center 
Of all I do and all I say? 

Mine-the dream of fame and fortune. 
Is that in His perfect will? 
May I never rush before Him, 
I should wait and e're be still. 

T/s the voice that whispers in me. 
The fame is mine and fortune, too. 
I'm saved from sin on Calvary's cross. 
Eternal life is fortune true. 

Dreams have changed since first I found 

The Christ of life and hope and love. 
Yes, His likeness is the center 
As I look to heaven above. 


Prayer is the most important resource for The Brethren 
Home Missions Council. Your prayers make Home Missions' 
"impossibilities" become "realities." 

To help you grow as a Home Missions prayer warrior, we 
would like to place seven classic books on prayer in your 
home. These seven best-sellers by E. M. Bounds will help to 
deepen you prayer life and challenge you to spend more 
time at the Throne of Grace. 

For a contribution of $50 or more, The Brethren Home 
Missions Council will place these valuable books in your 

Join us in praying for Grace Brethren church expansion! 

Yes. Dr, Pifer, I will be remembering Brethren Home Missions in prayer 
Also here is my: 

C $50 gift for one set of E. M. Bounds' Classics 
C $80 gift for two sets of E M Bounds' Classics. 

□ $25 gift — first of two $25 contributions. Send one set of E. M. Bounds' 


□ $ gift to Brethren Home Missions 


Address — - — 

Please make checks payable to: 
The Brethren Home Missions Council 
Box 587 • Winona Lake. Indiana 46590 

BMH News continued from page 26. 

1940. and had taught kindergarten at Warsaw Christian School. 
Rev. Edward Bowman, her husband, resides in Winona Lake, 
Ind.. working at the Foreign .Missionary Society as materials 
secretary. Mr. Bowman has held pastorates in Indiana, Califor- 
nia, Virginia, and Iowa. 

BRICKEL Mrs. Mabel. Jan. 6, mother of Re\. Clajr Brickei of 
Brook\iile, Ohio; Mr. Bnjce Brickei of BMH Printing, Winona 
Lake, Ind: and three daughters (Helen Hoover, Janet Holsinger 
and Frances Landis). Memorial services were conducted in the 
Rrst Brethren Church in Rittman. Ohio, by Pastor Robert Russell. 

FOWLER. Merleta. Nov. 12, Grace Brethren Church, Long Beach, 
Calif. Dave Hocking, pastor. 

CARSER. Dr. Ralph. Dec 5. a faithful member of the Grace 
Brethren Church, Portis, Kansas. Clarence Lackey, pastor. 

HUMPHREVIUI. Ralph, Oct 12, Grace Brethren Church, Long 
Beach, Calif. Dave Hocking, pastor. 

MILLER. Anne. 89, Dec 25, Bethel Brethren Church. Berne, Ind. 
Larry Edwards, pastor. Mrs. Miller resided at Grace Village in 
Winona Lake, and had been the wife of Rev. R. Paul Miller. Anne 
Miller turned over the first shovel full of dirt in the ground- 
breaking service of the Bethel Brethren Church, Beme, Ind. She 
had transferred her membership to this church at its dedication 
service in 1973. 

MILLER. Ethel Mae. Jan 18, faithful member of the Grace 
Brethren Church, Lake Odessa, Mich., since 1904. Bill Stevens, 

NICHOLS. Mrs Fave. Nov. 8, member of the Fremont Avenue 
Brethren Church of South Pasadena, Calif., where John Sturiey is 
pastor. Her brother, Frank Cobum, is pastor of the Community 
Brethren Church in Los Angeles. Calif. 

OCDEN, lohn, 86, a faithful member of the Lehigh Valley Grace 
Brethren Church, Bethlehem, Pa. Ronald Guiles, pastor. 

OSBORN. lohn, 72, Dec. 29, First Brethren Church, Fort Wayne, 
Ind. Galen Lingenfelter, pastor. 

OWEN, Mrs Ethel. Jan. 25. She was the oldest member of the 
West Homer Brethren Church, Homerville, Ohio. Robert 
Holmes, pastor. 

SCHAADT, Victor, 74, Nov. 30, Bethel Brethren Church, Beme, 
lr>d, Larry Edwards, pastor. 

STULL Marion, 74, SepL 19, member of the Grace Brethren 
Church, York, Pa. Kenneth Cosgrove, pastor. 

WER7Z, Clenn, 69, Nov. 22, member of the Leamersville, Grace 
Brethren Church, Duncansville, Pa. John Gregory, pastor. 

WINELA,\D, Leia, 65, Nov. 22, a faithful member of the Grace 
Brethren Church, Maitland, Fla. R. Paul Miller, pastor. 


Rev, Mason Cooper, national evangelist for the 
Brethren Board of Evangelism, will be speaking in 
series of meetings in the following Grace Brethren 

Johnstown (Ceistown), Pa., March 22-27-Gerald 
Allebach, pastor. 

Hopewell, Pa., March 29-April 3-Melvin Van Or- 
man, pastor. 

Uniontown, Pa., April 5-12-True Hunt, pastor. 

Elkhart, Ind., April 26-May 1 -Everett Caes, pastor. 

Flora, Ind., May 3-8-Donald Taylor, pastor. 

Kittanning (North Buffalo), Pa., May 1022-Robert 
Burns, pastor. 

Dr. Robert B. Collitt, stewardship counselor for the 
Grace Brethren Missions Stewardship Service, will 
be speaking at the following Grace Brethren Chur- 

Pompano Beach, Fla.; March 22-25— Russell Betz, 

North Lauderdale, Fla.; March 29-April 1-Jack 
Peters, pastor. 

Fort Lauderdale, Fla.; April 5-8— Charles Davis, 


Marilyn Hoover and Dale Suiters, June 21, Grace Brethren 
Church, Martinsburg, Pa. 

Vicki Clawson and Robert Russell, June 28, Grace Brethren 
Church, Martinsburg, Pa. 

Joni Piper and Tim Colbert, SepL 27, Grace Brethren Church, 
Martinsburg, Pa. 

Shirley Diehl and Randy Stoltz. Oct. 4, Grace Brethren Church, 
Martinsburg, Pa. 

Shirley Richards and Leon Wagner, Ort. 4, Grace Brethren 
Church, Long Beach, Calif. 

Michelle Russell and Keith Noble, Oct 4, First Brethren Church 
Rittman, Ohio. 

Lisa Wagner and Jerry Brightbill, Oct. 4, Grace Brethren Church, 
Myerstown, Pa. 

Joanie Waldecker and Steve Beach, Oct. 11, Grace Brethren 
Church, Temple Hills, Md. 

Tammy Hill and Doug Daughenbaugh, Oct. 18, Grace Brethren 
Church, .Martinsburg, Pa. 

Susan Marshall and Robert Hausken, Nov. 1, Grace Brethren 
Church, Long Beach, Calif. 

Gloria Pendley and Richard Zuelch, Nov. 7, Grace Brethren 
Church, Long Beach, Calif. 

Grace Lopez and David Estavillo, Nov. 8, Grace Brethren Church, 
Long beach, Calif. 

Jean Shensato and Mark Werner, Nov. 8, Grace Brethren 
Church, Waimalu, Hawaii. 

Susan O'Dell and David Hocking, Nov. 28, Grace Brethren 
Church, Long Beach, Calif. 

Debbie Alcantra and Robert Barraza, Nov. 29, Grace Brethren 
Church, Long Beach, Calif. 

Nancy Smith and Conrad Byler, Nov. 29, Grace Brethren Church, 
Martinsburg, Pa. 

Sharon Rathbun and Tim Stiff, Dec. 13, Grace Brethren Church, 
Long Beach, Calif. 

A FULL TIME SECRETARY is needed for the office of 
CBC Christian Education. This person should have 
secretahal skills and organizational abilities. If 
interested please contact Ed Lewis, P.O. Box 365, 
Winona Lake, IN 46590 or call 219-267-6622. 




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Reflections By Still Waters 

By Charles W. Turner 


Under the earth it is dark 
and, in fact, it is very dark! 
Have you ever gone on one 
of those four-dollar tours in a 
cave? The signs along the 
highway woo you to see 
nature's beauty at its darkest 
best. It is family entertainment 
at its finest and, most of the 
time, it is only seven miles up 
a dusty and rocky dirt road. 

I have been caught in the 
trap too many times, and 
each time I say to myself: 
"You should have known 
better, Charlie." More than 
once I said to myself, "Lord, if 
I ever get out of this dark pit, 
I will never do it again." 

One of the things that 
makes such trips down the 
long dark walkway so dumb 
is the smart tour guide. 
Generally never able to read 
or write, they find summer 
employment by memorizing a 
speech. One line goes 
something like this: "If I were 
to turn the lights out now, do 
you think you could find your 
way out by yourself?" My 
rather thoughtless response is: 
"if i do not get out Sir, you 
will probably not make it out 

So it goes, not only in dark 
damp caves, but also in all of 
life itself. There are those 
times in which the question 

pops up, "Which way outr 
We seem to be facing such a 
situation right now in our 
national life. We are probably 
facing one of the darkest 
economic set of problems 
that this nation has faced in 
decades. Inflation is running 
rampant. The cost of basic 
essentials is changing so 
rapidly that it is difficult to 
keep up. What can run faster 
than the dollar markers on a 
gasoline pump? I say nothing 
can— they move the cents 
signs with such speed, it is 
impossible to stop on an even 
dollar marker any more. Is 
there any bigger surprise than 
the percentage jump on your 
monthly utility bill? Anyone 
want to guess when Social 
Security money will run out? 
Have you tried to purchase a 
house lately? The monthly 
payments on the place which 
could be your dream 
house-let me guess, they are 
larger than your monthly 
paycheck. Right? 

If you think these problems 
have been difficult, wait till 
the social programs are all cut 
back and the protests start. It 
may be a very warm July and 
August, and all of the heat 
will not be provided by the 
summer sun ... it could be 
the heat from building-burning 
demonstrations. Which way 
out? It will not be easy! 

This unfortunate set of 
uncertainties is growing as the 
hopes of people are now 
beginning to move toward 
the first stages of the new 
Lower Expectation Era. This is 
new to Americans, and they 
are becoming very hesitant 
and have a feeling of 

Now for the Good News! It 
appears all of the problems 
that are common to the 
world are common to us who 
are Christians. The difference 
is we have some solutions to 
the problems. No, being a 
believer does not cut your 
food bill nor mortgage 
payment, add more miles per 
gallon to your car; nor even 
help you borrow below the 
prime rate; but it does give 
you a proper perspective on 
values. What is important and 
should receive our attention is 
the question that confronts 
God's people. Are we going 
to go for only material things 
or is there something much 
better? This world can drown 
you in its problems if that is 
what you are here for, or you 
can place a premium on 
spiritual values and have an 
answer to "Which Way Is 
Out?" Christ by His Word and 
your obedience, can help you 
find the real way to live and 
even to die. That is the 
ultimate way out! 


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Fourteen Missionary appointees are heading for service in the 
next year. See page 10. Photo by Cordon Austin 

repcrted in the herald 

35 Years Ago -1946 

Rev. Charles Bergerson has accepted a call to Flora, Ind.; and 
Don Bartlett, former pastor of Flora, is moving to Sharpsville, 
Ind. . . . The opening of the first Spanish-speaking Brethren 
Home Missions Church in North America has taken place at 
Taos, N. Mex. Mark Malles is the pastor-missionary. 

15 Years Ago -1966 

Home Missions directors reported that the following new points 
were accepted at their recent meeting: Lexington and Minerva, 
Ohio; Richland, Wash.; and Souderton, Pa. ... Manheim, Pa., 
has purchased a seven-acre plot of ground. Construction is to 
begin in the spring of 1967. 

5 Years Ago -1976 

The ground-breaking for the new Science Center at Grace 
Schools was held. Dr. Herman Hoyt directed the service. . . 
Plans continue for the 1976 National Conference to be held at 
Long Beach, Calif. 


Dear Editor: 

The article on ERA was most informative. Information on 
issues such as this from a Biblical viewpoint is much needed in 
today's society. The Pro ERA people get their side made known 
and many times the Cons are never heard. Also, the Pro side is 
often distorted, disguised and misleading. 

I passed this article on to a co-worker who had never really 
understood ERA. She passed the information on to others in her 
sphere of influence. Hence, another community has been in- 
formed by your excellent communication. 

- A "Mrs." in Pennsylvania 

Editor, Charles W. Turner 
Managing Editor, Kenneth E. Herman 
Production Manager, Bruce Brickel 
Artist, Mary Jane Fretz 
Editorial Secretary, Omega Sandy 
Departmental Editors: 

Christian Education: 

Knute Larson, Ginny Toroian 

Foreign Missions: 

John W. Zielasko, Nora Macon 

Grace Brethren Boys: 

Mike Ostrander 

Grace Brethren Men: 

Harold Hollinger 

Grace Schools: 

Dr. Homer A. Kent, Jr., Don Cramer 

Home Missions: 

Dr. Lester E. Pifer, Brad Skiles 

Women's Missionary Council: 

"Linda Hoke 


Volume 43 

Number 4 

April 1981 


4 Lord, Save Her Life 

5 Memo 

6 Special FMS Projects 

8 Financial Report 1980 Church Giving 
11 Dear Aunt Dot 
14 Second Effort Strikes It Big 
16 The Priority of Home Missions 

21 The Other Day I Met a Man 

22 I Appreciate GBC Christian Education 

26 A Tribute to My Mother 
29 Praising the Lord, Alys Haag 

31 Thank You - Dear Lord 

32 Homeward Bound 

bititi features 

• Reflections By Still Waters 2 • 
BMH News Report 12 • A Herald Reprint 20 

• Mother's Day 24 • Now 36 • 



Lord, Save Her Life 

by Linda Mensinger 

"Madame, we have a 
difficult delivery at the 

How those words made me 
shudder as I quickly reviewed 
our situation. Should we send 
her to the hospital at Boguila? 
The pilot was at a conference, 
so airplane transportation was 
eliminated. A road 
evacuation, perhaps, but none 
of the cars were in really 
good shape. 

As I entered the delivery 
room, i inspected the lady's 
papers. She had been in labor 
since yesterday and had tried 
all night to deliver the baby. 
The baby was dead. It was 

the mother's ninth pregnancy. 
She was having no more 
labor pains. The mother was 
not a Christian. 

The last line echoed in my 
mind as I looked over at the 
mother. She was very worn 
out and had a long way to go 
yet. I quickly began to pray to 
the Lord to help us, to spare 
her life so that we could have 
the chance to witness to her. 

After a long, difficult 
struggle, the baby was finally 
delivered by forceps. The 
child was dead, as we had 
anticipated, and the mother's 
condition was gaurded. 

Two days later as I was 
making my rounds, I stopped 

and talked to her and her 
husband and family. I told her 
how I had asked the Lord to 
spare her life and help us, and 
He answered that prayer. She 
listened and said that she 
knew the Lord loved her. She 
wanted to discuss her 
relationship to Him when she 
was a little stronger. 

That afternoon a visiting 
doctor from the States was at 
Yaloke. We were taking a 
tour of the maternity ward 
when all of a sudden there 
was a commotion in one of 
the rooms. I went in to find 
the same patient in 
convulsions with a very high 
fever. I asked the doctor to 
check her, and he confirmed 
our suspicions of post partum 
infection. He named the 
medication she should have. 
My first thoughts were that 
it was not available. Someone 
said, "No, we have some of 
that, it recently came on the 

The medication was started, 
and in 24 hours her 
temperature began to fall. 
I went over to check her 
several days later. I began to 
talk to her and tell her that 
the Lord had very definitely 
spared her life twice. 
Wouldn't she like to put her 
trust in Him? 

She said yes but thought she 
should wait until she was 
well. Didn't I feel that way? 
I told her I didn't think she 
should wait at all. I thought 
she should accept Him today. 
She considered it, and then 
asked Jesus to be Lord of her 

Veronique has now been 
released from the hospital. 
But she has a long way to go 
both spiritually and physically. 

God answers prayer. And 
He is using our medical work 
so that we can take every 
opportunity to minister 
healing to the soul as well as 
the body. 


From: General Director 

To: Fellowship of Grace Brethren Churches 

Foreign Missionary Society members and friends 

Subject: Mid-year Meeting of the Board of Trustees, February 16-18, 1981 

Review of pertinent Board actions: 

1 . The Foreign Missionary Society received 
a gift of $102,329 from the Irvin Young 
Foundation designated for special 
projects in Africa. 

2. Approval was granted to begin 
construction of the Missionary 
Residence in Winona Lake. 

3. Reports from all fields were reviewed 
and appropriate actions taken. 

4. Eleven missionary candidates were 
interviewed and given appointee status 
subject to the normal candidate 
procedures and total support 
requirements. This makes 14 candidates 
presently on appointee status, which 
means that they are in the final stages 
of preparation before leaving for 
language study. Here is your 
opportunity to take some of their 
needed support. (Write Jesse Deloe for 

5. The Goodmans were assigned to 
missionary service in the Cameroon. 
Comment: The Goodmans will be 
entering the Cameroon in response to 
an invitation from Brethren 
congregations there. We are excited 

about this opportunity that may lead to 
further church planting and 
development in that part of Africa. 

6. Report of the Chad - The military 
occupation of the Chad by Libyan forces 
is viewed with alarm, and prayer is 
requested for Christians in that country. 

7. A scholarship is being established to 
help the Brazilian church provide a 
theological education for one of their 
leaders. He will enroll at Grace 

8. Serious consideration is being given to 
the possibility of entering England as a 
mission field. 

9. Japan action — A motion prevailed that, 
in light of the growing evidences of 
God's leading of the Society to establish 
a mission in Japan and in light of His 
placing the burden for Japan on the 
hearts of several candidates, we look 
with favor upon entering that field as 
God supplies qualified personnel and 
the necessary funds. 

10. A Mission budget of $1,613,000 was 

Join us in prayer that these forward steps in the missionary enterprise will result in glory to 

God and growth in the Body of Christ. 

New Field: Cameroon 

Residence $ 3,000 

Vehicle 10,000 

Total $13,000 

New Field: The Orient 

Planning and survey $ 4,000 

Language School 8,000 

Residence Funds 10,000 

Total $22,000 


Two Missionary Residences . . . $20,000 

Vehicles 20,000 

Total $40,000 

Opportunity to send new missionaries is 
dependent upon the political situation. 

Missionary Residence (Winona Lake) 

Total cost $295,000 

On hand - 200,000 

Balance 95,000 

Assets 35,000 

Needed $ 60,000 



National Pastors' Seminary Education 

C.A.R. — Joseph Ndomale 
Brazil — Ivanildo Trinidade 
Total - $10,000 annually 

National churches are contributing a 
portion of the financial need. 

Furlough Vehicles 

The high cost of automobiles is making 
it impossible for missionaries on furlough 
to afford an automobile. If you would like 
to donate a late model used car to FMS, 
gift credit will be given. The vehicle 
(suitable for extended travel) would be 
used by missionaries on deputation. 



Vou/d you like to get involved 
some exciting new investments 
■ etemity? The opportunities 
.ed require extra funds to get 

Top 30 Churches 

in Grace Brethren 

Foreign Missions Giving 


1. Grace Brethren Church of Columbus, Ohio $81,263.00 

2. Grace Brethren Church, Long Beach, Calif 41,177.11 

3. Winona Lake Grace Brethren Church, Winona Lake, 

Ind 35,980.55 

4. North Long Beach Brethren Church, Long Seach, 

Calif 32,839.21 

5. Grace Brethren Church, Woosfer, Ohio 31,891.19 

6. Community Grace Brethren Church of Whittier and 

La Mirada, Ca//Y 28,209.16 

7. Penn Valley Grace Brethren Church, Te/ford, Pa 28,079.82 

8. Grace Brethren Church, Ashland, Ohio 27,416.80 

9. Grace Brethren Church, Mansfield, Ohio 21,322.04 

10. Myerstown Grace Brethren Church, Myerstown, Pa. . 19,931.86 

11. Ellet Grace Brethren Church, Akron, Ohio 18,483.38 

12. Grace Brethren Church, Sunnyside, Wash 18,455.67 

13. Ireland Road Grace Brethren Church, South Bend, 

Ind 17,422.01 

14. Riverside Grace Brethren Church, Johnstown, Pa. ... 16,766.00 

15. Grace Brethren Church, Fort Lauderdale, Fla 16,532.59 

16. Grace Brethren Church of West Kittanning, Pa 16,460.36 

17. Grace Brethren Church, Winchester, Va 16,422.50 

18. First Brethren Church, Johnstown, Pa 16,387.54 

19. Grace Brethren Church, Lancaster, Pa 16,099.47 

20. Grace Brethren Church, Whittier, Calif 16,074.07 

21. First Brethren Church, Fort Wayne, Ind 15,988.00 

22. First Brethren Church, Dayton, Ohio 15,658.35 

23. Grace Brethren Church, Middlebranch, Ohio 15,294.45 

24. Community Grace Brethren Church, Warsaw, /nd. .. 15,114.29 

25. First Brethren Church, Rittman, Ohio 14,881.02 

26. Grace Brethren Church, Uniontown, Pa 14,761.75 

27. Rosemont Grace Brethren Church, Martinsburg, 

W.Va 14,733.25 

28. Big Valley Grace Community Church, Modesto, Ca//Y. 14,512.72 

29. Conemaugh Grace Brethren Church, Conemaugh, 

Pa 14,258.66 

30. La Loma Grace Brethren Church, Modesto, Calif 14,225.75 

Financial Report 
Cliurch Giving 


Anchorage, Alaska . 
Kenai, Alaska 


Accident, Md 

Aleppo, Pa 

Boswell, Pa 

Coolville, Ohio .... 

Coraopolis, Pa 

Cumberland, Md. . . 

Grafton, W.V 

Jenners, Pa 

Listie, Pa 

Meyersdale, Pa 

Meyersdale, Pa. 

(Summit Mills) .... 
Parkersburg, W.V. . . 
Stoystown, Pa. 


Uniontown, Pa 

Washington, Pa. ... 
Westernport, Md. . . 
Allegheny Misc 


Brooksville, Fla 

Clearwater, Fla 

Ft. Lauderdale, Fla. . 

Ft. Myers, Fla 

Maitland, Fla 

Melbourne, Fla 

North Lauderdale, 


Okeechobee, Fla. . . 

Orlando, Fla 

Ormond Beach, Fla. 
Pompano Beach, Fla. 
St. Petersburg, Fla. . . 


Aiea, FHawaii 


Ewa Beach, Hawaii 


Wahiawa, Hawaii 



Berne, Ind 

Elkhart, Ind 

Flora, Ind 


$ 535.00 








$ 398.00 








$ 2,687.50 


$ 4,677.35 


Ft. Wayne, Ind. 


Ft. Wayne, Ind. 


Goshen, Ind 

Indianapolis, Ind. . 
Kokomo, Ind. 

(Indian Heights) . 
Kokomo, Ind. 


Leesburg, Ind. . . . 
New Albany, Ind. . 

Osceola, Ind 

Peru, Ind 

Sidney, ind 

South Bend, Ind. , 

Warsaw, Ind 

Winona Lake, Ind. 
Indiana Misc. ... 
















Cedar Rapids, Iowa . $ 1,486.69 

Dallas Center, Iowa . 5,133.00 

Davenport, Iowa . . . 1,780.35 

Des Moines, Iowa . . 1,028.50 

Garwin, Iowa 4,670.01 

Kansas City, Mo. ... 677.60 

Leon, Iowa 6,456.59 

Longview, Texas . . . 425.00 

Omaha, Neb 829.86 

Udell, Iowa 6,546.75 

Waterloo, Iowa .... 13,475.41 

Winona, Minn 275.00 

$ 42,784.76 


Alto, Mich 

Hastings, Mich 

Lake Odessa, Mich. . 
Lansing, Mich. ..... 

New Troy, Mich. . . . 

Ozark, Mich 

Michigan Misc 






$ 17,233.78 


Alexandria, Va 

$ 2,711.27 

Chambersburg, Pa. . 


Hagerstown, Md. 



Hagerstown, Md. 



Hagerstown, Md. 



Hagerstown, Md. 



Lanham, Md 

Martinsburg, W.V. . . 


Seven Fountains, Va. 


Temple Hills, Md. .. 


Waynesboro, Pa. . . . 


Winchester, Va 


Mid-Atlantic Misc. . . 


$ 82,164.57 


Arvada, Colo $ 2,362.04 

Beaver City, Neb. . . 495.25 

Cheyenne, Wyo. . . . 400.00 

Colorado Springs, 
Colo 1,012.98 

Denver, Colo 


Portis, Kans 


Wichita, Kans 


$ 10,557.65 


Bethlehem, Pa 

$ 2,406.17 

Dillsburg, Pa 


Elizabethtown, Pa. . . 


Ephrata, Pa 


Harrisburg, Pa 


Hatboro, Pa 


Irasburg, Vt 


Lancaster, Pa. 

(Grace) . . . 


Lancaster, Pa. 



Lititz Pa ... 


Manheim, Pa 


Mt. Laurel, N. J 


Myerstown, Pa 


Newark, Del 


New Holland, Pa. . . . 


Palmyra, Pa 


Philadelphia, Pa. 



Philadelphia, Pa. 



Pine Grove, Pa 


Telford, Pa 


Wrightsville, Pa. ... 


York, Pa 




Auburn, Calif $ 758.75 

Chico, Calif 125.00 

Grass Valley, Calif. . 1,314.00 
Modesto, Calif. 

(Big Valley) 14,512.72 

Modesto, Calif. 

(La Loma) 14,225.75 

Ripon, Calif 5,661.70 

Sacramento, Calif. . . 1,043.77 

San Jose, Calif 1,408.67 

Tracy, Calif 697.00 

$ 39,747.36 


Ankenytown, Ohio . 
Ashland, Ohio 


Ashland, Ohio 


Bowling Green, Ohio 
Columbus, Ohio 


Columbus, Ohio 


Columbus, Ohio 


Danville, Ohio 

Delaware, Ohio .... 

Findlay, Ohio 

Fremont, Ohio 


Fremont, Ohio 


Gallon, Ohio 

Lexington, Ohio .... 

Lima, Ohio 

Mansfield, Ohio 



$ 4,647.14 















ipsfield, Ohio 


taskala, Ohio . . . 
ledo, Ohio 
Maumee Valley) 
)rthcentral Ohio 


ron, Ohio 


ron, Ohio 


nal Fulton, Ohio . 

nton, Ohio 

jveland, Ohio 


yahoga Falls, Ohio 

ria, Ohio 

imerville, Ohio 
ddlebranch, Ohio 

nerva, Ohio 

irton, Ohio 

tman, Ohio 

irling, Ohio 

Doster, Ohio .... 
irtheastern Ohio 


)any, Oreg 

averton, Oreg. . . 
ildendale, Wash, 
jndview. Wash, 
rrah. Wash. . . . 


ibton. Wash. . . 
)sser, Wash. . . . 
Dkane, Wash. . 
inyside. Wash, 
ppenish. Wash. 
JUtdale, Oreg. . 
kima. Wash. . . 







ones Mill, Va. ... 
ena Vista, Va. . . . 

ivington, Va 

dford, Va 

;hmond, Va 

ler, Va 

anoke, Va. 


anoke, Va. 
Garden City) .... 
anoke, Va. 


anoke, Va. 
Gospel Brethren) . 
anoke, Va. (Patter- 
on Memorial) .... 
anoke, Va. (Wash- 
ngton Heights) . . . 
lem, Va. 


rginia Beach, Va. . 
illis, Va 

$ 107.00 










$ 1,076.50 













$ 49,635.74 

$ 100.00 












$ 28,037.09 


Aiken, S. C 

$ 3,317.47 

Anderson, S. C 


Atlanta, Ca 


Charlotte, N. C 


Johnson City, Tenn. 

(Grace Brethren) . . 


Johnson City, Tenn. 

(Grace Brethren 


380 00 

Telford, Tenn 


$ 12,874.59 



Alta Loma, Calif. . . . 

$ 1,620.00 

Anaheim, Calif 


Beaumont, Calif. . . . 


Bellflower, Calif. ... 


Cypress, Calif 


Glendora, Calif 


Goleta, Calif 


Hemet, Calif 


La Verne, Calif 


Long Beach, Calif. 



Long Beach, Calif. 



Long Beach, Calif. 

(Los Altos) 


Long Beach, Calif. 



Los Angeles, Calif. . . 


Mission Viejo, Calif. . 


Montclair, Calif 


Norwalk, Calif 


Orange, Calif 


Phoenix, Ariz. 

6,288 60 

Phoenix, Ariz. 



Rialto, Calif 


Riverside, Calif 


San Diego, Calif. . . . 


San Ysidro, Calif. . . . 


Santa Maria, Calif. . . 


Seal Beach, Calif. . . . 


Simi, Calif 


South Pasadena, 



Temple City, Calif. . . 


Torrance, Calif 


Tucson, Ariz 


West Covina, Calif. . 


Westminster, Calif. . 


Whittier, Calif. 



Whittier, Calif. 



Yucca Valley, Calif. . 


So. Calif-Ariz. Misc. . 



Covington, Ohio . . . 


Dayton, Ohio 

(Basore Road) .... 


Dayton, Ohio 



Dayton, Ohio 

(Huber Heights) . . . 


Dayton, Ohio 

(North Riverdale) . 


Dryhill, Ky 


Englewood, Ohio . . 


Kettenng, Ohio .... 


Sinking Spring, Ohio 


Trotwood, Ohio . . . 


Troy, Ohio 


Union, Ohio 


Vandalia, Ohio .... 


W. Alexandna, Ohio 


Southern Ohio Misc. 


$ 59,256.23 



N.Mex. (Grace) . . . 



N.Mex. (Heights) . . 


Counselor, N.Mex. . 


Taos, N.Mex 



Brookville, Ohio ... $ 9,150.00 

Camden, Ohio 497.00 

Centerville, Ohio . . . 1,660.00 

Clayhole, Ky 156.98 

Clayton, Ohio 2,962.07 

$ 5,934.79 


Altoona, Pa. (First) . . $ 2,728.50 

Altoona, Pa. (Grace) 5,035.77 

Armagh, Pa 859.83 

Conemaugh, Pa. ... 14,258.66 
Conemaugh, Pa. 

(Singer Hill) 6,257.18 

Duncansville, Pa. . . . 10,181.54 

Everett, Pa 8,590,11 

Hollidaysburg, Pa. 

(Vicksburg) 5,531.72 

Hopewell, Pa 786.11 

Johnstown, Pa. 

(First) 16,387.54 

Johnstown,' Pa. 

(Geistown) 2,346.33 

Johnstown, Pa. 

(Pike) 12,729.67 

Johnstown, Pa. 

(Riverside) 16,766.00 

Kittanning, Pa. 

(Grace) 16,460.36 

Kittanning, Pa. 

(N.Buffalo) 2,115.48 

Martinsburg, Pa. ... 13,426.39 

Milroy, Pa 576.63 

West Pennsylvania 

Misc 26.00 



Grace Schools $ 125.00 

Natl. Fel. of Gr. 

Brethren Churches 990.29 
Natl. Fel. of Gr. 

Br. Men 787,08 

National SMM 990.20 

National WMC 26,677.16 

Miscellaneous 190,015.24 


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Lois Wilson is a veteran missionary 
serving in the Central African Republic. 

^Jear ..^vtnt <Jjoij 

Hi again from Bata. Now that Bible Institute classes have begun, time for letters really is 
at a premium. I'm always eager to write to you, because I know you faithfully pray for me. 

Now that I leave for class at 7 a.m., my days are beginning earlier. I'm studying the Book 
of John in my early 5:15 devotion time. Really learning many lessons; I've also been using 
my hymn book as a help in praising the Lord. 

I enjoy a good breakfast, even if it is at 6:30. If I don't eat well, by 10:30 I'm famished. 
Classes begin at 7:15, and I like to get there early. The students usually arrive as I'm 
putting review questions on the board. This semester I'm teaching Old Testament history. 
As we study the Book of Joshua, we're also learning the song about the Jericho walls 
tumbling down. In Lumiere class the ladies are studying the qualities of a leader. Ifs so 
important that they know how to lead girls to Jesus. 

I guess my reading and printing class is my PATIENCE class. Teaching beginning reading 
and printing demands tons of patience. 

After chapel hour I usually find lots of odds and ends to do. Today I met with one of the 
African teachers about another writing class. Then a pastor from 50 miles away dropped 
by to pick up material for ladies at his church. They are making new dresses for district 

Oh yes, Jean-Pierre (my houseboy) reminded me about the wood his father had 
chopped. So I drove the truck down the road to pick up the wood for my cook stove. By 
that time my stomach was saying "time to eat." Glad I had leftovers from company 

After lunch, I always look forward to siesta. I tell you, thaf s a hard habit to break when 
on furlough. But here, ifs a necessity for me. Today, after a quick siesta, I read some in 
the book on prayer my friend Kathy sent me. 

Yesterday afternoon was the girls' reading class. But today I had a couple hours to study 
B.I. lessons. The more I study, you know, the better the class. Today was also OTN day. 
All the women students and many village ladies meet once a week to sing, pray, and hear 
a lesson from the Word. Today one of the third year ladies spoke on God's promise never 
to leave us. Miss Cochran wrote this year's lesson series on the Promises of God. On the 
way home I stopped by the dispensary to visit Anne. She's a second year student who just 
had her 5th boy. 

Sue and I had to laugh tonight at supper. Some of the challenges— not problems— she 
faces with her eight MKs are very similar to what I'm facing with my B.I. ladies. Did I tell 
you about her? Sue is one of the 11 short term missionaries we have right now. 

Well its about time to say bye for now. I need to look over lessons one more time 
before giving in to sleep. Tomorrow night the dorm kids are coming over for games, so I 
better get all the sleep I can get tonight! 

Praying for you. Thanks again for writing and praying. 

From the Fellowship of Grace Brethren Churches 

D Rev. Daryl Baker, pastor of the Cherry Valley 
Grace Brethren Church, Beaumont, Calif., has had 
two surgeries recently to remove cancer in his 
thyroid gland. He is expected to return very soon to 
resume his "preaching and teaching." 

FERENCE? It will be held at Winona Lake, Ind. Make 
your lodging reservations early— direct with the 
hotel/motel of your choice. The conference begins 
on Saturday evening, July 25, with a sacred musical 
program. Following this will be the Christian Educa- 
tion Convention on Sunday and Monday with the 
regular conference sessions continuing through 
noon on Friday, July 31. The conference speakers 
are as follows: Rev. Knute Larson (moderator). Rev. 
Luke Kauffman (vice moderator). Dr. Larry Crabb 
(psychologist, Boca Raton, Fla.), Rev. Tom Hughes 
(pastor, Torrance, Calif.), Rev. Roger Wambold 
(pastor, Philadelphia, Pa.), and Dr. Don Hocking 
(missionary to the Central African Republic). 

n Considering new hymnals for your church? The 
Herald Bookstore will be happy to send samples 
and quote prices. For complete details, write to 
Dotty Smith, Herald Bookstore, P.O. Box 544, 
Winona Lake, Ind. 46590; or phone on our toll-free 
number 1-800-348-2756. 

D Interested in short-term missions through the 
Grace Brethren Church? The TIME program gives 
opportunities in various mission points. For 1981-82 
in Africa, a TIME worker qualified in teaching is 
needed to teach missionary children. A mechanic is 
also needed. Contact GBC Christian Education for 

D The South Bay Community Church (formerly 
Grace Brethren Church), San Jose, Calif., has the 
faces of their old illuminated sign that they will 
either sell or donate to a Grace Brethren church. 
The sign says: "Grace Brethren Church" and 
underneath that "Where the Bible is Taught." It 
would fit a cabinet of 3 x 10' in size. If you would 
like to have this double-sided sign, please contact 
Pastor Fenton McDonald at 4610 Camden Ave., San 
Jose, Calif. 95124. 

D Arthur Burk, son of Missionary Bill Burk, has 
been called to serve the Grace Brethren Church of 
Anaheim, Calif., as interim pastor. The Lord is bless- 
ing his ministry with some good increases in atten- 

D Pastor Arthur F. Collins has concluded his ser- 
vices as pastor of the Grace Brethren Church of 
Danville, Ohio, and is looking to the Lord for 
another place of service. 

D Pastor Charles Davis is the new pastor at the 
Brookville Grace Brethren Church, Brookville, 

D The name of the former Fremont Avenue 
Brethren Church of South Pasadena, Calif., has of- 
ficially been changed to the "Grace Brethren 
Church of South Pasadena." 

D Dr. John C. Whitcomb, professor of Theology 
and Old Testament at Grace Theological Seminary, 
has published a new Bible study chart entitled The 
Five Worlds of History, Science and Prophecy. It 
shows the basic structure of each "world system" 
according to God's Word and scientific discovery: 
(1) the "very good" world, (2) the world before the 
flood, (3) the heavens and the earth that now are, 
(4) the coming Kingdom age, and (5) the eternal 
state. The relation of God, man, angels and nature 
are analyzed. Explanatory information is also in- 
cluded on the 18" x 24" chart, which is priced at 
95(1;. (Copies may be ordered by mail from the 
Herald Bookstore, Box 544, Winona Lake, Ind. 
46590. One chart, $1.50; two charts, $2.75. Prices 
include postage.) 


Dr. Robert B. Collitt, stewardship counselor for the 
Grace Brethren Missions Stewardship Service, will 
be speaking at the following Grace Brethren 

Troutville, Va.; April 12-15-Ralph Morgan, pastor. 

ycur annual 

□ John Aeby, 6946 Dudley Dr., Avada, Colo. 
80004. D David Goodman, 1055 Ruberta Ave 
Glendale, Calif. 91201. D Clark Miller, 12088 
Gearhart Rd., Greencastle, Pa. 17225 D M Lee 
Myers, 5098 Seville Dr., Englewood, Ohio 
45322. D James Poyner, 821 Peppertree Ln., Port 
Richey, Fla. 33568. D The postal zip for the 
Brookville (Ohio) Grace Brethren Church is 
45309. n The address of the Delaware Grace 
Brethren Church is UVi W. Winter St. Delaware 
Ohio 43015. D Pike Brethren Church, R. R. 6, Box 
185, Johnstown, Pa. 15909. 


Death notices must be submitted in writing by the pastor. 

ACKERMAN, Mrs. Rowena, Dec. 23, faithful member and worker 
in the Grace Brethren Church, Beaver City, Neb. Gilbert 
Hawkins, pastor. 

CRAWFORD, Nellie, 72, Feb. 5. She was a faithful member of the 
West Kittanning Grace Brethren Church, Kittanning, Pa. Richard 
Cornwell, pastor. 

EARNEST, Roxie, Feb. 6. She was a faithful member of the Com- 
munity Grace Brethren Church, Whittier, Calif. John Mayes, 

KINSEY, Roy, 90, Feb. 16. A faithful layman who served several 
terms as Board member of the Brethren Home Missions Council 
and also served the denomination as its treasurer for some 
years. Services were held in Florida by Pastor R. Paul Miller; and 
in Dayton, Ohio, by Pastors Roy Polman (a grandson) and Gerald 
Polman (a son-in-law). 

LEE, Mrs. Alpha, Dec. 12. Grace Brethren Church, Temple Hills, 
Md. Larry Gegner, associate pastor. 

MONTGOMERY, Elnora, 76, Jan. 21. She was a faithful member 
of the Grace Brethren Church, Kittanning, Pa. Richard Cornwell, 

TERMAN, lohn, 78, Jan 26, a faithful member of the Winona Lake 
Grace Brethren Church, Winona Lake, Ind. Charles Ashman, 


Hearty congralu/ations to, and may Cod's blessing rest upon 
these new families who join the Brethren Missionary Herald 
readership. A six-month subscription to the Herald is given to 
newlyweds, not previously subscribing, whose addresses are 
supplied by the officiating minister. The church is billed tor the 
additional months to make the newlywed subscription expire 
the same time as others from the church. 

The following marriages were solemnized at the North Long 
Beach Brethren Church, Long Beach, Calif: 

Camie Malone and Micheal Ray 

Kathy Gray and Bill Towne, Jr. 

Sylvia Fay and Chris Paulsen 

Donna Young and Dwight Bukur 

Joan Gray and Michael Mattes 

Gloria Worl and George Brownfield 
Gale Greene and Randy Myers, Sept. 27, 1980, Grace Brethren 
Church, Ashland, Ohio. 

Dawn Hanson and Vince Ackermann, Nov. 8, 1980, Grace 
Brethren Church, Temple Hills, Md. 

Rebecca Barnes and Michael Wearsch, Dec. 20, 1980, Grace 
Brethren Church, Ashland, Ohio. 

Mary Pfaff and Peter Meyer, Dec. 20, 1980, Grace Brethren 
Church, Long Beach, Calif. 

Jennifer Terrell and Rodney Kauffman, Dec. 22, 1980, Grace 
Brethren Church, Kent, Wash. 

Sunny Brunner and Doyle Riffle, Dec. 27, 1980, Grace Brethren 
Church, Ashland, Ohio. 

Debra Longworth and Brent Wilcoxson, Dec. 27, 1980, Winona 
Lake Grace Brethren Church, Winona Lake, Ind. 
Pat Bramble and Randy Greene, Jan. 1, Grace Brethren Church, 
Temple Hills, Md. 

Melissa Bartholomew and Gary Billiard, Jan, 3, Lehigh Valley 
Grace Brethren Church, Bethlehem, Pa. 
Karen Scates and Jeff Felts, Jan. 3, Grace Brethren Church, Tem- 
ple Hills, Md. 

Laurel Goshaw and Phil Moyer, Jan. 17, Penn Valley Grace 

Brethren Qiurch, Telford, Pa. 

Kay Polman and Jeffrey Bowling, Jan. 17, Basore Road Grace 

Brethren Church, Dayton, Ohio. 

Valoree June Langston and Dale Edward Higham, Feb. 7, 

Bellflower Brethren Church, Bellflower, Calif. 

Sharon Markley and Jeff Rocchi, Feb. 7, North Long Beach 

Brethren Church, Long Beach, Calif. 

Elizabeth Sheppherd and Daniel Duncan, Feb. 7, West Homer 

Brethren Church, Homerville, Ohio. 

Lisa Leithead and Bob Kearns, Feb. 14, Penn Valley Brethren 
Church, Telford, Pa. 

Linda Kay Weese and Christopher Allen Poppaw, Feb. 14, First 
Brethren Church, Dayton, Ohio. 

Grace Yeagley and Paul Fry, Jr., Feb. 14, Grace Brethren Church, 
Elizabethtown, Pa. 

Rita Ferree and Dave Petroni, Feb. 21, Grace Brethren Church, 
Temple Hills, Md. 

Jean Geib to Craig Balloon, Feb. 28, Grace Brethren Church, 
Wooster, Ohio. 

Bobbette Osborn and Gene Ridenour, March 29, First Brethren 
Church, Fort Wayne, Ind. 

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P.O. Box 544, Winona Lake, IN 46590 

Rev. Clyde Landrum leads the Lexington, Kentucky, GBC. 

Second Effort Strike 

by Brad Skiles 

Promotional Secretary 
Rev. Clyde Landrum, 
commuting pastor for the 
Lexington Grace Brethren 
Church, sees tremendous 
potential for the third Grace 
Brethren Church in Kentucky. 
Having a quality group of 25 
members and a city of over 
200,000 people, the future 
looks bright for this young 

church— but the opportunity 
was almost missed. 

"I don't often admit defeat, 
but this time I'm whipped," 
reported Clyde Landrum to 
the Southern Ohio District 
Mission Board. Mr. Landrum, 
then pastor at the Clayhole, 
Kentucky, Grace Brethren 
Church, had been asked by 
the Mission Board to pursue 
the possibility of starting a 

Bible class in Lexington, 
Kentucky, 100 miles from 

Issued $500 to cover 
expenses, Clyde appreciated 
the support of the district an( 
made several trips to 
Lexington. Following up on 
families that had moved to 
Lexington from Clayhole and 
Dryhill, Kentucky, he found 
these contacts happily 

involved in other churches. 
After exhausting the 
possibilities for a home Bible 
:lass, Clyde was ready to quit 
ind sent the check back to 
the district. 

"The district mission board 
demonstrated a lot of vision," 
said Clyde. "When they 
eceived the money they told 
Tie to keep it because they 
hought Cod was going to do 
iomething in Lexington." 
lonfused and frustrated, 
ZIyde Landrum made another 
:rip to Lexington and found 
he answer to his obstacle. 

"I was making a casual visit 
:o my cousin's home in 
louthern Lexington when his 
vife asked, 'How come we 
ion't have a Grace Brethren 
Zhurch in Lexington?' I told 
iandy my difficulty in finding 
1 home in which to meet and 
ihe responded, 'Well, you 
Jidn't ask us!' And I didn't" 
lays Clyde, "because I really 
Jidn't think they would be 


It Big 

Beginning a monthly Bible 
:lass at Dave and Sandy 
.andrum's home in May of 
1980, the group has grown 
rom 6 to now averaging over 
JO. On September 1, 1980, 
ZIyde Landrum retired from 
lis ministry at Clayhole and 
moved to Winona Lake, 
ndiana. Maintaining his 
nterest and commitment to 
the Lexington work, Clyde 

now commutes 300 miles one 
way to his growing church. 
How long will he continue 
these weekend trips? 

"Only as long as I have to," 
says Clyde. "I have no 
ambitions to be a short or 
long term pastor there in 
Lexington. It will be hard to 
leave the work but I 
recognize my role of planting 
and 'Apollos' ' role of 
watering. And we got to get 
'Apollos' in there fast!" 

Clyde Landrum has been 
"retired" now for five years. 
During this time he has 
pastored his home church at 
Clayhole for three years and 
has started the Lexington 
work. Of Lexington he says: 
"Ifs ready to move! Lexington 
is a growing city and the 
southern part is really ripe for 
a Grace Brethren church. I 
can foresee this church as the 
first of at least two Grace 
Brethren churches in 

From the early start in a 
home, the Lexington Grace 
Brethren Church is now 
meeting for Sunday school 
and morning worship at the 
Contential Inn, a large hotel 

Helping the church grow 
this month is one of Christian 
Education's Timothy Teams. 
Visiting the church April 4-12, 
the eleven participating Grace 
College students will 
extensively canvass the area 
and work with the church's 
youth. From this and the 
church's continued efforts, 
Clyde Landrum and the 
Lexington Grace Brethren 
Church are trusting God for a 
goal of 50 in attendance by 
May 1. 

Pray for this growing Grace 
Brethren Church. 


Southern Lancaster, Pennsylvania 

The Southern Lancaster, Penn- 
sylvania, Grace Brethren Church 
recently had a capacity crowd to 
hear the Knox Brothers musical 
group. The evening of music was 
held on February 1 5 with 406 peo- 
ple attending. Pastor Vernon Harris 
was thrilled with the number of 
visitors and continues to rejoice 
with how God has been working in 
this Home Missions point. 

The Southern Lancaster Grace 
Brethren Church dedicated their 
new building on September 27, 
1980, and immediately began to 
reap the benefits. Attendances 
have been very strong since the 
move to the Willow Valley com- 
plex. Membership is now up to 94 
and morning worship averaged 
164 for February. 

"We feel like we are just getting 
started," says Pastor Harris. 
"There's a tremendous spirit of uni- 
ty and anticipation here." 

Pastor Harris recognizes that only 
Cod can do what has been hap- 
pening at Southern Lancaster GBC. 
He is challenged to be willing and 
ready to be used by God in 
reaching the potential of this 

Pray for Southern Lancaster as 
they reach out to their community 
and particularly during Easter as 
they make plans for a big Sunday. 

Newark, Delaware 

Pastor Tim Coyle of Newark, 
Delaware, Grace Brethren Church, 
is seeing some encouraging results. 
Starting from scratch in a state that 
previously had no Grace Brethren 
ministry, this two-year-old Home 
Missions point is now becoming a 
solid work. 

Averaging in the thirties, the 
Newark GBC has recently moved 
into a new school building. The 
new location offers the church a 
quality image and is in a prime area 
for making new contacts. 

Pastor Coyle is discipling five 
men and is leading four of these 
men in an outreach ministry. Pray 
that their evangelism ministry will 
effectively reach people for Christ. 

Dr. Lester E, Pifer 
Executive Secretary 
responds to some 
questions on 



of Home 


Why Should Home Missions Be a Priority in Our 

I think the answer is a Biblical one. The Bible 
presents in the New Testament the building of 
the Church as God's basis for the expansion of 
the Gospel around the world. The Lord Jesus said 
"i will build my church" and our work is a 
ministry hand-in-hand with Jesus Christ in the 
building of His Church. 

We also need to recognize the fact that in 
order to expand our missions abroad, we must 
continue to expand our base at home. We've 
been hearing the question, "If Brethren won't 
support Brethren Missions, who will?" Thafs a 
valid question and it applies to all of our boards. 
Our Fellowship has some tremendous service 
organizations, but all are dependent upon our 
base at home for support. Through Brethren 
Home Missions we have the ability to expand our 

Fellowship, support our service boards, and 
continue an aggressive foreign missions program. 
Finally, I think it is important to recognize that 
we are doing exactly what God wants us to do in 
building the local Church. We're teaching the 
Word, reaching souls for Christ, discipling people, 
and building into Christians a concern and 
compassion for people around the world-a 
missionary-mindedness that ought to characterize 
every church we build. 

In Terms of Priorities, How Does Home Missions 
Relate to Foreign Missions? 

Home missions is a part of the Great 
Commission just the same as foreign missions is a 
part of the Great Commission. We believe that 
God has given to the local Church here in the 
home mission field a responsibility to support the 
missionary enterprise around the world. 
Therefore, our ministry is not only a part of the 
Great Commission, but it will be a supportive 
ministry of foreign missions. 

Do Any Verses Come to Mind for What You Are 
Saying About the Priority of Home Missions? 

When we read Matthew 28:18-20 we recognize 
the Great Commission and that God is saying that 
we are to take the Gospel to all the world. Our 
American mission field is a part of that world. 
Also in Mark 16:15 we are to reach every 
creature. That would apply to the United States 
of America and Canada, as well as any other part 
of the world. When we come to Acts 1:8 we 
recognize immediately that He instructed us to 
start at Jerusalem, our home base and expand 
outward and certainly, if we are to apply that in a 
practical sense, we need to build our base here 
in the United States of America and Canada. 

What Kind of a Commitment Should a Local 
Church Have to Home Missions? 

I think the local Church must recognize the 
commitment to the Word of God. God does not 
place a premium upon one mission field over 
another mission field. Therefore, the local Church* 

must place a balance in Its nnissionary 
commitments. It must promote its work of home 
missions just like it promotes its work of foreign 
missions. Sometimes we experience an emotional 
bent toward a foreign field and neglect a home 
missions responsibility or, more tragically, our 
role in evangelizing our own local community. 

These Last Two Years Have Been Hard Financial 
Years for Many Missions Boards. How Has Home 
Missions Fared in 1979 and '80? 

The Lord has been very gracious to us in Home 
Missions. We thank God for the way He has so 
wonderfully supplied the needs in these last ten 
years of our Home Missions program. In 1979 we 

"op 25 Churches for 1980 

Columbus, Ohio (Grace) 45,921.02 

.ong Beach, Calif. (Grace) 30,278.36 

lA/inona Lake, Indiana 21,668.95 

-Ong Beach, Calif. (North) 20,134.13 

junnyside. Wash 16,807.01 

lA/inchester, Va 16,719.18 

Vlyerstown, Pa 15,288.00 

Jerne, Indiana 14,498.98 

i/Vhittier, Calif. (Community) . . 13,186.58 

Ashland, Ohio (Grace) 12,355.00 

i/Vooster, Ohio 12,070.90 

Hagerstown, Md. (Grace) 11,802.79 

-ancaster. Pa 11,512.30 

lohnstown. Pa. (First) 10,757.94 

Jniontown, Pa 10,303.61 

i^aterloo, Iowa 10,071.01 

relford. Pa 9,647.55 

-t. Wayne, Indiana (First) 9,425.38 

-remont, Ohio (Grace) 9,217.58 

Homerviiie, Ohio 8,846.21 

3eaumont, Calif 8,762.66 

Vlartinsburg, W. Va 8,491.36 

Harrisburg, Pa 8,176.30 

Dayton, Ohio (First) 7,511.10 

Philadelphia, Pa. (First) 7,447.36 

were able to see the largest Home Missions' 
offering we had ever received in our Fellowship. 
We praise Cod for that! 

The 1980 year has had many blessings. We saw 
some outstanding giving on the part of our 
churches in the Fellowship. In fact, they increased 
their offerings during 1980 and we praise the Lord 
for that! 

We have also received some special financial 
gifts apart from local church giving. Several 
annuities have been realized and additional 
annuities added. 

Last year we received the largest annuity in our 
history. We praise the Lord for this potential 
income that will continue to be used by God 
long after the life-time of the contributor. 

Though our 1980 church offerings were up and 
the Lord gave us some special gifts beyond that 
in extra income, we came short in reaching our 
1980 budget level by $35,654. We praise the 
Lord for our income of $906,655 and have great 
confidence that He will supply the money 
necessary to end 1981 in the black. 

Do You Think That This Deficit Reflects an 
Attitude in Our Fellowship of Not Supporting 
Home Missions? 

No, I believe that we have abundant evidence 
that our Fellowship is supporting the national 
Home Mission program. We have used the very 
best efficiency possible in developing our local 
church programs. Our pastors are making 
tremendous strides. God is giving us abundant 
opportunities in church planting and this, 
combined with inflation is accelerating our 

We believe also that God is going to use our 
home missionaries in an outstanding way in this 
coming year to be able to help us reach our 
goals. We trust that our Fellowship will stand 
back of these pastors praying for them daily and 
supporting them with their gifts. Together as a 
united force we can capitalize on our 
opportunities and see more churches established 
for the glory of God. 

What Are Some Indications That Our Fellowship 
Is Very Much Behind Home Missions? 

The way the local churches are now picking up 
the personalized support of our missionaries and 
Home Mission pastors is outstanding evidence to 
me that they are thrilled with what God is doing 
and they want to have a personal interest in our 
work. Secondly, I believe that the number of 
Bible classes being started by local churches and 
districts and the communication that we have 
with these various groups in developing the 
national program has been very wholesome. We 

praise the Lord for these open doors. 

We are also aware of the fact that Brethren 
churches are concerned for fannilies moving into 
areas needing a strong Bible-teaching church. 
When we get requests from these families to 
help establish a Grace Brethren church, that 

The Brethren 
Home Missions Council, Inc. 

Statement of Operations and Financial Condition 
For Twelve Months Ending December 31, 1980 

(Audit in-Process) 


Operating Income: 



Estates and Annuities 






Total Operating Income 


Operating Expenses: 

Direct Assistance 






Interest/Annuity Payments 


Total Operating Expenses 


Operating Income (Loss) 


Other Income (Expenses) 


Net Income (Loss) 




Cash and Offerings-In-Transit 

$ 187,857 

Investments and Savings 


Annuities Invested 


Accounts Receivable 


Notes Receivable 


Mission Property 


Equipment, net 


Total Assets 



Notes Payable 

$ 118,174 



Accounts Payable 


Total Liabilities 


Beginning Equity 


Net Income (Loss) 


Net Equity 


Total Liab. & Equity 




indicates to me that we are respected for our 

What Do You Foresee for '81? 

I see our Fellowship continuing to expand just 
as we have done in 79 and '80. Right now we 
have a number of outstanding Bible classes that 
are being started. These will soon become 
organized churches. We are seeing groups of 
families get together in needy areas and call for 
Grace Brethren churches. I expect that we are 
going to see a tremendous breakthrough soon 
with our first organized church in Canada. Our 
Navajo Mission is gearing up for expansion in the 
school and church planting. Homer is now being 
developed in Alaska and we're thrilled at that. 
Nineteen eighty-one will be a good year for our 
churches in Vermont as they continue to grow 
and become solid works. 

The number of quality young men that are now 
responding in our Brethren schools to the 
challenge of the Home Mission program Is also 
another evidence of what God is going to do in 
1981. We are thrilled about the number of 
applications that we have at the present time for 
future Home Mission pastorates. 

What BHMC Goals or Objectives Are Particularly 
Close to Your Heart in This Current Year? 

Brad, all of these objectives are very important. 
We have prayed long and hard and have 
deliberated much on the development of these 
objectives. I feel that we need to always improve 
our image as a winning team. We want to be an 
organization that will accomplish its objectives. 
We want to be hand-in-hand with Jesus Christ 
and do our job of helping Him to build His 
Church. We need, of course, to improve our 
pastoral benefits, training, recruitment, and the 
other aspects of supply of men for our program. 
We need always to work at our methods of 
church selection and try to improve the type of 
churches that we build. I am most concerned at 
this point that we accept the challenge of trying 
to reach a thousand people in the next year and 
see them come to Christ and be discipled and 
baptized and a part of our Fellowship. We need, 
of course, to have offerings to support a work 
like this and the objectives that are tied to this 
are very important. I am grateful that we have a 
God in heaven who gives wisdom and direction. I 
am grateful for the Holy Spirit of God who dwells 
within our hearts and who leads us to fulfill the 
very plan that God has set forth. We want to be 
in the will of God in Brethren Home Missions and 
in order to be in the will of God we must obey 
the Word and follow the direction of the Holy 


Pennsylvania, GBC 

Welcome to the Chambersburg, 

Pennsylvania, Grace Brethren Church 

The Chambersburg GBC 
became a reality when, in August 
of 1975, Pastor Earl "Buck" 
Summers began meeting with a 
group of ten people in prayer and 
Bible study concerning the form- 
ing of a local church in 

Through the next weeks, their 
number grew to thirty. In 
December 1975, the group 
moved into a rented facility 
and started a total church 
program. On May 22, 1978, 
they broke ground for a new 

Avenue, just 
east of 

By March of 
1979, the 
Brethren were 
able to move 
into their new 

building. That building, now two 
years old, has given the church a 
much greater opportunity in 
meeting people's needs. 

The Chambersburg GBC was 
assisted financially by a construc- 
tion loan from the Brethren In- 
vestment Foundation. We asked 
Buck to comment on the 

significance of 
that loan. 

"Even in 
1978 when 
we could 
have gotten a 
loan locally, 
through the 
BIF we have 
saved approximatel]; $65,000 on 
a fuienfy \^ear mortgage. We've 
been able to put those extra 
dollars to work alreadt^ in 
establishing a m/nisfry here 
through this building. We feel 
that's very important." 

Buck Summers 

The Brethren 
Foundation has 
been helping 
vibrant, growing 
churches across 
America for over 
25 years. You, 
too, can help 
churches like 
GBC minister more effectively to 
their communities. Your in- 
vestments provide loanable funds 
for Grace Brethren Church 
growth. It also provides you 
6.18% interest. Invest in the 
future of GBC's all across 
America. Invest in the Brethren 
Investment Foundation. 

If you are interested in starting 
a new account with us, or you 
would like to add to your existing 
account, contact us at: 

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P.O. Box 587 
Winona Lake, IN 46590 


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^ A Herald Magazine Reprint 

(Editor's Note: We plan to present a series of articles that have appeared in the Herald. Note the date of 
publication, so you may have the proper setting for the material. -CViT) 

June 22, 1946 

by Rev. Charles W. Mayes 

Much is said by newspaper and radio about the iron 
curtain behind which Russia carries on her program of 
world revolution in a manner according to her own choos- 
ing. At the same time Russia knows far more about our 
business than most of us do ourselves. She doubtless sits 
back and laughs at our widely heralded liberty which, at the 
present moment, has been used to tie up a great portion of 
the United States industry and to reduce our efficiency to 
the place where we suffer economically worse than we did 
in wartime. We boast about our democracy, but to the 
Russian revolutionary mind it is an antiquated, inefficient, 
confused system. (How much of that confusion can be 
traced back to Russia, we are not supposed to know.) At 
any rate, Russia sees American democracy in the process of 
disintegration and a fertile seed-bed for the growing of a 
revolutionary harvest which was transplanted from behind 
the iron curtain. 

Will Democracy Continue? 

The answer to this question is found in the fact revealed 
in the Word of God that all nations will one day be sub- 
jected to the dictatorial rule of the man of sin, the anti- 
christ. However, in the meantime, democracy may continue 
at least in name. We know that the human race loves tradi- 
tion. Thus a tradition may continue, and be called by its 
ancient name even when every principle of its real character 
has been discarded. Perhaps we wiU go on using the old 
name of democracy, but will it be a true democracy? Some, 
high up in goverrmient circles, hold that unless some iron 
actions of dictatorship be placed in our government to 
strengthen the crumbUng clay of organized movements, we 
will be starving to death. And perhaps so! 

Russia Believes in Give and Take 

Russia is influencing the world today as no other nation. 
It seems perfectly apparent that she is most adept in a 
philosophy of give and take. She will give advice and take 
more territory. But there may come a sudden reaction. 
Drippings from world news even now indicate that there is 
a movement favoring a United States of Europe. If this 
comes to pass it will not surprise those who study Bible 
prophecy. After all those young Uons of Ezekiel 38:13 are 
certainly more numerous than twins! 

It is reported that Stalin has condemned Churchill as a 
war monger saying that any alliance in which Great Britain 

and the United States would be leaders would be a combi- 
nation directed against the Soviet Union. Judging by the 
conduct of Russia's representative at the Security Council, 
Russia is not particularly enthusiastic about cooperating 
with other nations. She may be planning to strike out 
alone. If Russia can give enough advice and take enough 
territory under control, she may be able to maneuver in the 
direction outlined in the Bible concerning the king of the 

On previous occasions we have reminded our readers 
that Ezekiel 38 gives us an inspired picture of the conquests 
and spheres of influence of Russia. It seems that she is even 
now planning some sort of federation of nations in the 
north and east including Turkey, Persia, Ethiopa and Libya. 
If so, then we may well keep in mind that God's Word tells 
us that an invasion of the land of Palestine is to take place. 
That may take place at the time Palestine is being built into 
a prosperous country by a world movement of the Jews. 

Palestine in the News 

Should the Jews go back or not? That is a question upon 
which most of the population of the earth is even now 
ready to vote yes or no. Some are saying the Jews should go 
to Russia, where many of them are already apparently 
segregated. Some say they should go to a lonely island or to 
a barren spot somewhere. Some men say America should 
make the Jews a home. Although all men might vote against 
the Jews going back to Palestine, God is voting in favor of 
their return to that land. His vote will be on the winning 
side. After all, God does not vote. He decrees. He speaks 
and it is so! 

We carmot be absolutely certain that we are living in the 
very moment of which Ezekiel wrote, but surely we are 
near it. "Thus saith the Lord God; behold, I wiU take the 
children of Israel from among the heathen whither they be 
gone, and will gather them on every side, and bring them 
into their own land" (Ezek. 37:21). Again, God warns 
Israel, "And I will sanctify my great name, which was 
profaned among the heathen, which ye have profaned in 
the midst of them; and the heathen shall know that I am 
the Lord, saith the Lord God, when I shall be sanctified in 
you before their eyes. For I will take you from among the 
heathen, and gather you out of all countries, and wiU bring 
you into your own land" (Ezek. 36:23-24). When God is 
ready to fulfill His promise completely, no power nor 
combination of powers can hold back the return of the 
Jews to their land. Today the Arabs and the Russians or 
even Great Britain may appear to delay the program of the 
return of the Jews, but God will have His way. 

It is for God's people to pray diligently that the things 
which are written in God's Word may have a speedy fulfill- 
ment and that our nation may fit into God's program so 
that we may not be found opposing the plan of the Most 

Russia may have an iron curtain, but our God can see 
through it. 

ODC Christian Education 

hoping to help in Christian ed, 
youth, and church growth 

The Other Day I Met a Man . . . 

The other day I met a man. Capital M. 

A man who sits with his family in church and seems 
so very interested in whats going on. He's there at the 
major public meetings, and seems to think that his very 
presence indicates support and encourages others, in 
addition to what he gets out of it. I met a man who 
volunteers often for church ministries— he signed up to 
paint and help with some extra labor in spite of his 
heavy schedule with his regular job. 

I met a man who takes some time with young 
children on Sunday evenings, because he likes having a 
man in with the three-year-olds, and feels like they like 
it too. 

I met a man who has a ministry in the church that is 
becoming more and more effective because the 
people he ministers to respond not only to him but to 
the relationship which he and his wife have. Thats a 
good one, clairvoyant in its love! 

This man stops people in the halls around church, 
just to listen a little and get to know them better— not 
just twins or people his own age, but with an 

I met a man who can talk easily about Christ. He 

probably does it daily. He didn't switch to another gear 
or talk only sports. 

He's faithful to his wife, loyal to his children, and has 
integrity. People around him know that he believes 
what he says and that he'll do it. 

He's so positive, and makes you feel funny when you 
react quickly to be negative. I mean he's made wise 
decisions in his life, so he wants wise ones from his 
church leaders too. But he seems to think that those 
leaders need daily support with a positive spirit as well 
as with prayer. 

The other day I met a man who is respected at his 
job. I talked to some people who work near him and 
they said how much his spirit shows. People like it. 
Some of them know he's a Christian already and some 
of them don't. But they all respect him. They like the 
way he acts. He treats women like sisters and other 
men like individuals. 

The other day, I met a man. And I grew stronger and 
more encouraged. 

Was it you? 

C^'(^vSXji. d~cuA^v-N 

Try It f 

I think you'll like it. 

May 3 and 10 have been designated as 
'Try It" Sundays in many of our Grace 
Brethren churches. People who have not 
been a part of the Adult Bible Fellowships 
or. adult S unday school classes in those 
churches are urgently, eagerly, en- 
thusiastically invited to try it. 

Try it for two Sundays. Not [ust one. See 
if YOU like the fellowship and the 
greetings^ and the BJbleJnyolyement and 
the life applications! Try it! 

Drop your kids off at a class and find out 
where the nearest adult class is — nearest 
to you in interest and perhaps age or 
topic. Try it. 

Try it as a husband and wife, if you're 
married and you both go. Try it as a 
single. Try it and ask one question at least 
during the two weeks. Raise your hand 
and ask a dumb question. Ask a personal 
one. Share a need in the time for prayer 

May 3 and 10 

Adult Bible Fellowships or Adult Sunday School classes invite you 
to "try \t' at your local Grace Brethren church. 
Give it a break,a chance— two Sundays in a row. 

requests. Try It. 

Adult Bible Fellowships are the best 
thing that have come along since 

TQ^Jt. May 3,and .10, at yogr local .Grace. 
Brethjen Ch u rch . You may be enjoying 
just the worship-celebration now, and 
thats great. Maybe there you enjoy the 
singing and the special time of proclama- 
tion of the Word. But try this second dose 
of church. The Adult Bible Fellowships 
are set up and geared for fellowship and 
getting to know people on a first-name 
basis. It's where you can relate to others 
as you see they are fellow strugglers. 

Try it! 

You don't have to guarantee you1l be 
back for the third week, but you'll want 
to keep an open mind. Maybe this Is a 
place where you can have a real ministry 
in your local church. They need you. 

Try it! People are eager to know you 
better. They II learn ffprn.ypu._Theyjieed 
your spiritual ff fts or your searching ques- 

Try it! 

Save those special days! Adult Bible ^ 
Fellowships were made by Cod— with an =; 
example from the Early Church and the oo 
way they cared for each other and shared "* 
things and helped each other. ^ 

Try It! ^ 



C E hoping to help . . . 

I Appreciate GBC 

Box 365, Winona Lake 

Although many factors combine to cause 
'ffl^V" \ growth in a church, CE's help in the areas 

'•"^ ^ of church growth and management has 

contributed greatly to our growth. 

As a teenager my involvement in TIME, 
NAC quizzing and preaching implanted the 

By Pastor Randy Bowman, Columbus East Side GBC 

concept of ministry into my life. Parents of 
teens recently involved in Barnabas, NAC, 
and youth conference have expressed the 
fact that their children have been "changed 
and rearranged" by their involvement in 
these programs. 

Most of our people do not realize the 
impact CE makes behind the scenes with 
ideas that range from loving my wife to 
hiring a staff. I have personally received 
helpful hints concerning the eldership, 
books to read, sermon topics, Sunday 
school organization, using the telephone. 

East Side 

Grace Brethren Church 


1. Begin a Bible class in an outlying community. 

2. Double the number of Bible study groups. 

3. Involve 8W of attenders in a ministry or small 

4. Establish effective prayer in every group. 

5. Send out one missionary from our church. 

6. Increase missions giving to 11% of our total 

7. See 125 people come to Christ. 

8. Generate 500 first time visitors. 

9. Baptize 125 people. 

10. Add 75 new member. 

11. See 125 people compJete Basic Believers course, 

12. Departmentalize our Sunday School and start four 
new adult classes. 

13. Complete present expansion and pay in full. 

14. Give $325,000 in total offerings. 

15. Establish children's and youth choir. 

16. Enroll 75 people in the adult choir. 

17. Involve 20 new men in one-to-one discipleship. 

18. Average 650 in worship attendance for one 

19. Make a decision regarding school. 

20. To see 40 trained evangelists serving faithfully. 

21. To establish a small group of men for the purpose 
of prayer. 

22. To see three individuals commit themselves to 
full-time Christian work. 

Senior Pastor Randy 

Bowman (seated) with 

Pastor Phii Teran, 

IVIinister of Evangeiism 

and Church Growth. 

"10 Big Ideas," and more! 

During the three and one-half years that I 
have been the pastor of East Side Grace 
Brethren Church we have made 10 major 
decisions which have dramatically affected 
the growth and effectiveness of our church 
Many times CE helped us see the need for 
making these decisions or gave us help in 
implementing them: 

1. / changed my priorities! During the first 
year of my pastorate, because I was 
without additional staff assistance, I 
determined to make visitation of prospects 
my number one priority. Although this is 
not my most effective area of ministry, I 
assumed this responsibility until others with 
this gift were identified and trained. 

2. We staffed for growth! A decision was 
made to add a Minister of Evangelism/ 
Church Growth to our staff. We did not 
want to hire someone and pin a label on 
him, so we prayed and searched for an 
individual gifted in Evangelism and with 
exposure to the "Church Growth" 
movement. Our final decision involved a 
step of faith in the area of finances which 
Cod has rewarded many times over. 

3. More lay people involved in ministry. 
Leadership and ministry tasks were 
deliberately shared with key people in our 
church. From the very beginning an 
emphasis was placed upon discovering and 
using our gifts in ministry to each other 
and our community. People were actively 
recruited, trained and involved in ■ 
meaningful ministries for the Lord. Our I 
goal is "every member a minister." I 
Recently we have added a "Minister of 
Discipleship" to our staff to make sure 
everyone has the opportunity to become 
involved in a task or small group within 
their first year here. 

4. We emphasize the "v^/eb" approach to 
church growth. Through "Friendship 
Sundays" and constant reminders, people 
are encouraged to reach their "webs" for 
Christ. Instead of focusing on the world or 
even our community we try to help people 
assume responsibility for their friends, 
associates and relatives. The greatest 
results in evangelism have come from 
paying close attention to these friendship- 

5. We improved our parking. We have 
spent over $20,000 to pave, expand and 
light our parking lot. At one point, if we 
had not taken a step of faith in this area, it 
could have become a growth-restricting 

IJhristian Education Ministries 

loping to help in ministries' 

We prayerfully adopt growth goals. 
e goals are adopted after discussing 
Dast and visualizing the possibilities for 
e growth. By faith we project goals 
h will challenge us and honor Cod. 
e goals help us stay on target in terms 
jr overall objectives and enable us to 
iure our progress. 

kVe changed the organizational 
ture of our church. This decision has 
several positive effects upon our 
:h. First, the change was towards a 
; Biblical form of church government, 
nd, it enables those men who have 
Jesire and qualifications for leadership 
■rve in leadership positions. Third, it 
ced the bureaucracy and red-tape 
ssary to make and implement 
rams and decisions. 

We added a Minister of Music to our 
This decision has helped our church 
'o ways. It has helped us involve more 
)le in the ministry and life of our 
:h and it has also made a great 
ovement in our worship services. Our 
c department visibly reflects our 
isophy of excellence to those whose 
contact with our church is the worship 
ce. Music, more than any other area, 
;s a clear statement regarding the 
ty of our church. 

We practice the "hot poker" theory. A 
lerate attempt has been made to 

expose our people to growth-minded 
leaders and concepts. This has been 
accomplished by carefully evaluating the 
contributions of those invited to visit our 
church. Frequently our leaders are given 
the opportunity to interact with these 

church-growth leaders so they can catch a 
vision regarding the mission of the church. 

10. We have counted the cost of growth. 
This past summer we challenged ourselves 
to raise $300,000 over the next three years 
in order to expand our overcrowded 
facilities. Our people have consistently 
"voted" for growth by giving the extra 
time, energy, and money necessary for 
continued expansion. This was no 
exception! We responded by committing 
$424,000 over and above our regular 
giving during the next three years! Over 
$100,000 of this total has already been 

The headquarters 
building for 
hundreds of 
ministers, East 
Side GBC. A 
functional wing of 
class and 
fellowship rooms 
was added in 1980. 

our gifts to GBC Christian Education make possible tliis kind of 
service for Clirist. Tfiank you for helping! 

The church is big on fellowship (and 

Could you help us today? GBC Christian Education - PO Box 365 - Winona Lake, Ind. 46590 

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3 yr percent 






*ln January 1981 we've experienced our second and third highest 
worship attendances of 553 and 528. Last Easter is our record at 658. 

*ln 1980 our people gave $281,000 total (11.75 per capita). 
This is 97 percent over 1979. 

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A BMH Mother's Day Special 


Mom, . . . 

. . . lOU for so many things— a lot of 
services, like night watchman, for instance. 
For lying awake at nights listening for coughs 
and cries, for cracking floorboards, and for 
me coming in too late. You had the eye of 
an eagle and the roar of a lion, but you 
always had a heart as big as a house. 

. . . lOU for services as a short order cook, 
a chef, a baker, and for making sirloin out of 
hamburger, turkey out of tuna fish, and five 
grown-up children out of left-overs. 

. . . lOU for cleaning services, for the daily 
scrubbing of face and ears, all work done by 
hand, and for the frequent dusting of a small 
girl's pants to try to make sure that she lived 
a spotless life. For all the washing and ironing 
that no laundry could ever do. For drying the 
tears of childhood, and for ironing out the 
problems of growing up. 

. . . lOU for services as a bodyguard. For 
protecting me from the terrors of 
thunderstorms, nightmares, and too many 
green apples. And the Lord knows, lOU for 
medical attention— for nursing me through 
measles and mumps, bruises and bumps, 
splinters and spring fever. And lef s not forget 
medical advice either, important things like 
don't scratch it or it won't get well, or if you 
cross your eyes they're going to stick like 
that. And probably most of all-be sure you 
put on your clean underwear, girl, in case 
you're in an accident. 

. . . lOU for veterinarian services. For 

feeding every stray cat that we found around 
the farm, and for healing the pains of puppy 

. . . lOU for entertainment-entertainment 
that kept the household going through some 
pretty tough times, for wonderful 
productions at Christmas, fourth of July and 
birthdays. And for making makebelieve 
come true on a very limited budget. 

. . . lOU for construction work-for building 
kites, confidence, hopes, and dreams. And 
somehow you made them all touch the sky. 
And for cementing the family together so it 
could stand the worst kinds of shocks and 
blows, and for laying down a good strong 
foundation to build a life upon. 

. . . lOU for carrying charges-for carrying 
me on your books for the necessities of life 
that a growing girl just has to have, things 
like, a new Barbie doll with her very own 
dream house. And one thing, Mom, I will 
never forget when there were only three 
pieces of apple pie and four hungry people. I 
noticed that you were the only one who 
suddenly decided you really didn't like apple 
pie in the first place. These are just a few of 
the things for which payment is long 
overdue. The person I owe them to worked 
very cheap. She managed by simply doing 
without a whole lot of things which she 
needed herself. 

My lOU adds up to much more than I 
could ever hope to repay. You know, the 
nicest thing about it all is that I know she'll 
mark the entire bill paid in full for just one 
kiss and four little words— 

MOM, I LOVE YOU . . . 

by Ruth Killinger 

We hear all this about E.R.A. 

And what the libbers have to say. 
I think ifs about time we also heard 

From the women who live by Cod's Word. 

The role of wife and mother, 

Is very plain to see 
Written throughout the Scriptures 

What woman was meant to be. 

He took the woman from Adam's rib 

While in a deep, deep slumber. 
Then blessed and said be fruitful. 

And increase in number. 

Woman was meant to be a helpmeet 

For Cod's created man. 
To walk along beside him 

And do the best she can. 

God said they should be one flesh 
And live throughout His land. 

It's all quite plain to grasp, you see- 
Thafs how Cod had it planned. 

As for me, I'm liberated. 

Liberated in Christ, you see. 

For He did liberate me 

When He died on Calvary. 

As it says in this little poem. 
And I hope ifs plain to see 

That you who are women libbers. 
Surely do not speak for me! 

Women Manifesting 


WMC, Box 711, Winona Lake, Indiana, 46590 


Mrs. Dan (Miriam) Pacheco, 413 Kings Highway, Winona Lake, 
Ind. 46590-219/267-7603 

First Vice President 

Mrs. Dean (Ella Lee) Risser, 58 Holiday Hill, Lexington, Ohio 

Second Vice President 

Mrs. James (Triceine) Custer, 2515 Carriage Lane, Powell, Ohio 


Mrs. Fred (Margie) Devan, Jr., 2507 Vancouver Dr., N.W., 
Roanoke, Va., 24012-703/366-2843 

Assistant Secretary 

Mrs. Donald (Marilyn) Weltmer, Route #1, Box 131, 
Cerrardstown, W. Va. 25420-304/229-3920 

Financial Secretary-Treasurer 

Miss Joyce Ashman, 602 Chestnut Avenue, Winona Lake, ind. 

Assistant Financial Secretary-Treasurer 

Mrs. Bill (Shirley) Stevens, Box 59, R. R. 1, Lake Odessa, Mich. 

Literature Secretary 

Mrs. Ralph (Betty) Hall, Route #3, Box 297, Warsaw, Ind. 


Mrs. Noel (Linda) Hoke, R. R. 1, Hickory Estates, Warsaw, Ind. 

Prayer Chairman 

Mrs. John (Sally) Neely, 121 S. Walnut Street, Troy, Ohio 



Foreign Missions 

Goal $ 10,000 

Due -June 10, 1981 

Money will be divided 

between the education of 

the African pastor at Grace 

Seminary, a memory bank 

electronic typewriter and 

the new missionary 

residence building 

Jfissionary ^tnhdays 

June 1981 

(If no address is listed, the address will be found on pages 32 and 33 of 
the 7981 Brethren Annual.) 


Mrs. Dorothy Goodman June 12 

Rev. Martin Garber June 14 

Lynda Garber June 15, 1969 

Rev. Roy Snyder June 15 

Miss Diana Davis June 29 


Rev. Earl Futch June 10 


Mrs. Betsy Husdon June 3 

Timothy Hudson June 19, 1975 

Rev. Tom Julien June 27 


Rev. Roger Peugh June 17 

Mrs. Nancy Peugh June 17 

Monica Pappas June 18, 1976 


Mrs. Claudia Schrock June 25 


Amy Paden June 12, 1977 

do P.O. Box 588, Winona Lake, IN 46590 

Miss Marie Mishler June 19 

Mrs. June Immel June 24 

c/o P.O. Box 588, Winona Lake, IN 46590 


jFor the Cord ^rant5 wisdom! Hi^ eV^ry word 
15 a treasure of knowled^ and understanding. 

pfcvenes? 6 



(Editor's Note: Mrs. Devan is a pastor's wife and serves togetlier with lier husband in the Washington 
Heights Brethren Church in Roanoke, Virginia.) ^^^^^^ ^^^^^ ^^^^ ^^ ^^^^ ^^^ ,.,^1^ ^^ 

had. Many times during slack periods, Daddy 
would be laid off from work for months with 
only about a third of his salary. In spite of 
this we never wanted for good meals and 
clothes. Mama somehow had the knack of 
making the plainest foods taste delicious. 
Whenever there wasn't enough ice cream to 
go around, Mama suddenly lost her appetite 
for it and decided to "just eat another biscuit 
instead." More than one night she stayed up 
late sewing so we could have a new dress 
for something special. But even when we 
had so little, we were as happy as the richest 
people on earth. We were happy because 
Mama was happy. I can still hear her singing 
"Good Morning, Merry Sunshine" as she 
woke me in the morning. And though I didn't 
always appreciate her cheerfulness at the 
time, I've found that it is preferable to a 
roommate jabbing me in the ribs. 

Whenever one of us invited a friend to 
come home with us for supper. Mama never 
fussed, no matter how many extra there 
were. She'd just peel a couple more potatoes 
and make a few more biscuits and we'd 
always have more than enough. Oh, how 
good that food was! Even the simplest, most 
everyday things just tasted delicious if Mama 
cooked them. 

Now that I'm a "big girl" and supposedly 
able to take care of myself. Mama still 
worries about her "baby." No matter how 
late I came in from a date or from just being 
out with some kids. Mama would be sitting 
in the living room reading the paper, or 
more often her Bible. If she did go to bed, 
she was up at the first turn of the door knob 
and always came to see that I was all right 
and to ask whether I had a good time. 

Anytime someone gave her a present that I 
could use, she tried to get me to take it. She 
wanted me to have everything I wanted or 
needed even if she had to go without. 

This, briefly, is my mother. The dearest, 
most wonderful woman in the world to me. 

Mama has aged but not changed. Retired 
and widowed, she now spends much of her 
time visiting the sick, cooking for the 
bereaved and helping three busy daughters 
with their homes and families. Her home is 
always open to traveling missionaries or 
singing groups. She is a source of joy, 
comfort, and inspiration to many. 

Margie Devan 

A Tribute ^ 
to My Mother 

I think perhaps the most kind, considerate, 
unselfish, and loving person I have ever 
known in my life is my mother. 

I say this not only because she is my 
mother and because I love her, but because 
of all the wonderful things she has done for 

She was never too sleepy in the middle of 
the night to answer the cry of "Mama." 
Whether it was to put more covers on my 
bed, to bring me a glass of water, to give a 
pill, a kind word when I was sick, or to 
comfort me after a bad dream. Mama was 
always there. She never fussed or 
complained, but wandered around through 
the house, eyes half closed, until I was 
satisfied to go back to sleep. 

Some of my fondest memories are from the 
time before we had a furnace in our house. 
Mama would take our clothes and put them 
on the coal stove in the living room so they 
would be warm for us to put on in the 
morning. It didn't matter to her that she had 
to get up in a cold house in order to build a 
warm fire for us. At night, she would warm a 
blanket on the stove and wrap it around our 
cold feet when we got into bed. 

As I became old enough to appreciate the 
value of money, I marveled at the way my 

Pen Pointers Progress 

Bargains abound in every 
advertising section of 
newspapers. Media spot 
announcements herald each 
price change with the rationale 
of the advertiser. WMC has had 
its own price change to 

Inflation has hit us, too. But 

inflation is only a small portion 
of the reasoning behind the new 
method of charge for certain 
literature materials. 

Pen Pointers have consistently 
been the method of introducing 
WMC and its programs to 
members and officers alike. Each 
Pen Pointer pamphlet has been 
upgraded recently and all have 
been printed in a new larger 
style. "What is WMC?" is also 
printed in the smaller, traditional 

Previously, these brochures 
have been available through the 
National WMC Literature 
Secretary for use in the local 
WMC for a freewill offering. 
They have been used in many 
ways and the WMC executive 
committee would like to 
encourage proper and 
educational use of this medium 
of information. 

At this time, the Pen Pointers 
will become available in sets 
only. Two different sets will be 
made available. 

The members' set will include 
these titles: "What is WMC?" 
"Beyond Our Borders," "Home 
Frontiers," "Women Manifesting 
Christ," and "Working in My 
Church." The officers' set will 
consist of: "How To in WMC," 
"Pattern for WMC," and "Ways 
and Means." 

The only exception to the rule 
will be that the small format of 
"What is WMC?" will still be 
printed to be used as a means of 
introduction and invitation for 
new women in the church or the 

A minimal charge that will 
cover printing and updating of 
the Pen Pointers has been 
assigned to each set. The 
members' set is available at a 
charge of $.75 per set. The 
officers' set will cost $.50 per set. 
An additional 10 percent of a 
total order is requested for 
postage and handling. 

Please encourage your ladies to 
use these pamphlets wisely and 
save those shrinking dollars. 






Christian Education offering is due 

April 30. Our goal is $6,000 towards 

the support of Miss Judy Ashman, 

Director of SMM, and a scholarship for 

the SMM Girl of the Year. 

APRIL — Jennifer Adriansen and Mrs. Janet Fox 

MAY — Claudia Vitzhelm and husband 




Praising the Lord, 
Alys Haag 

I praise the Lord so often that 
the Brethren people faithfully 
support missionaries. God has 
allowed me to go to a special 
place where I had to cross 
language and cultural 
barriers - and you have trusted 
me and sent me. I can also 
praise the Lord for the results we 
can see as missionaries in the 
Christian growth of our believers. 
1 am privileged to teach the 
Christian Education classes. Now 
thaf s probably not what you 
think it is. In Mexico one's 
upbringing or rearing is his 
education. Therefore in Mexico, 
everyone is educated. What one 
learns in a classroom is 
instruction. Perhaps they have 
received no instruction, but all 
are educated. Everytime I see the 
lights come on in their eyes as 
they grasp the truth as well as 
when they give a testimony of 
how it has been applied and 
really worked, I can thank the 

I praise the Lord so often that 
you faithfully support missions 
financially and in prayer. I know 
you all prayed for me on July 5, 
1980, when our picture was on 
the page in Daily Devotions, 
because this is what God did. 

In the two weeks between July 
7 and July 21, we were housing, 
feeding, and training fifteen 
college students while they were 
helping us in the DVBS programs 
in the three Tijuana churches. 
The Lord decided to take to 
Himself my ailing aged mother 
who lived with us. One TIME 
worker was put flat on her back 
with a severely sprained ankle. 
My daughter discovered a tumor 
which needed immediate surgical 
removal to see if it was 
malignant, and she was in the 
final two weeks of a summer 
course which was important 
towards her Masters degree. 

I don't want simply to impress 
you with facts, but rather with 
what follows; how God 
answered prayer. Monday night 
of July 7 at 10 p.m. all the 
college youth were down for the 
night, all the necessary 
preparations were done on the 
food for the next day, as well as 
the work sessions outline 
prepared. I had put the last ice 
pack on the ankle, and I was 
ready to care for Mother. 

After I had bathed her, given 
her the medication, and settled 
her down for the night, she just 
felt uncomfortable. I sat down 

with her and just visited and 
talked to her to quiet her mood. 
One hour later, at 11:17 p.m., 
the Lord quickly and almost 
painlessly gave her a heart attack 
and took her to Him. I thank Him 
so much for taking her that way 
and I will ever praise Him for 
giving me that last hour with her. 

The TIME worker couldn't help 
with the DVBS program, so I 
kept her busy preparing my 
Missionary Helpers Club 
materials for National 
Conference. I've never before 
been so well prepared for 
conference upon arriving in 
Winona Lake, Ind. In fact, we 
finished preparations two days 
early and those were just the 
two days that I needed to be 
with my daughter in the hospital. 
The tumor was benign, and I was 
able to take her home to her 
apartment on the way to pick up 
my conference passengers. 

I traveled on to conference 
rejoicing and praising the Lord 
over and over. 

Aren't you glad you prayed? I 
am. Keep it up. The Lord says in 
John 16:24: "Hitherto have ye 
asked nothing in my name: ask, 
and ye shall receive, that your 
joy may be full." 

National Fellowship of Grace Brethren Men, Inc. 

"Faithful men who shall be able to teach others also" 2 Timothy 2:2 



by Tom McKinley 

The setting is a quaint old hotel by a beautiful lake. It is 
early spring, a perfect time and location for district con- 
ference. Once again I sense the excitement of the many 
challenges and decisions that will come this weekend. 

If you have never attended district conference, you may 
ask what does Grace Brethren Men have to offer me? 
Over the past 13 years I have experienced many things 
that have encouraged and blessed me during this time 
and 1 would like to share them with you. 

(Grace Brethren Men have a special time set apart at 
conference for challenges, opportunities and business.) 


A time of reacquaintance with men that I have met 
over the years, plus the joy of meeting men that have 
been saved the past year and are here for the first 


Outstanding speakers are a tradition. This has always 
left me inspired and eager to serve as my heart has 
been challenged time and time again. 


(Or should I say a joyful noise to the Lord would be 
more appropriate?) Hearing a large group of men sing- 
ing praises unto their Lord is inspirational music to my 


We have wonderful and touching stories for our men 
proving God is still working and transforming lives by 
His wonderful touch. 


From other churches - a time to personally ex- 
perience and feel the pulse of the men district wide. 

A time to experience a closeness to God in a spiritual 
atmosphere surrounded by brothers in Christ of the 
same precious faith. 


To hear updates on our own Grace Brethren Boys 

nation wide. 
I trust this will challenge you to be present regardless of 
what district you belong to nation wide. Your presence 
and testimony are important to make district conference 
all that it was meant to be. 

Uilor's Note: Tom McKintey (Indian Heights Grace Brethren 
Church, Kol<omo, Indiana) of the Indiana district relating to 
Harold Hollinger, president. National Grace Brethren Men, on 
what district conference has to offer to the men. Tom served 
for several years as the president of the District Men's 
Group in Indiana. 

by Nelson Peters 

Although a small proportion of the men in the 
district churches attend conference, it has become 
a special time for many to fellowship and rejoice in 
what the Lord has done through each local 

The main effect conference has on the men is the 
unity we have through the fellowship of our disthct 
churches, our pastors and the visions of growth 
through district home missions in new locations 
each year. These visions are shared when men from 
these churches give testimonies of the impact their 
local church has in their community. 

District conference is a spiritual strength to the 
men through the dynamic Bible-teaching from the 
conference speakers. Also, the men's rally held dur- 
ing conference has permitted the men to know 
leaders of our national Grace Brethren ministries 
and through this contact have been able to strongly 
share these ministries in their local church through 
prayer and monetary giving. 

Many of the men, through the guidance of 
spiritual Bible teachers and the awareness of the 
district and national ministries, have become involv- 
ed in their local churches by serving as deacons, 
leaders in boys' and men's ministry, as Sunday 
school teachers from the nursery to the adult 
classes and an effective spiritual leader as husbands 
and fathers. 

The greatest joy I received as district men's presi- 
dent was how the men are faithful to their pastors 
and by working alongside them share the visions 
for their local churches. This has been 
demonstrated each time I have opportunity to at- 
tend our district men's rallies and see firsthand the 
men of that church and the testimonies shared at 
district conference. Therefore, I want to encourage 
the men of our churches to attend their district con- 
ference and see what the Lord may challenge them 
to do as men. Maybe, you might become involved 
in a totally new ministry! 

Editor's Note: Nelson Peters will be completing a three-year term 

of office as the president of the Northern Atlantic Men's Group 

1 7987. This has been requested by Mr. Harold Hollinger, 

with a view to sharing with the men of the Fellowship what 

district conference has to offer men in this particular district. 


This is an open 
tliank-you letter 
from Pastor lay Fretz 
to his Heavenly Father. 

Grace Brethren Boys 

Dear Lord, 

As you know, Lord, sometime 
last spring several men at North 
Kokomo Grace Brethren Church 
talked about starting a boys' 
work. We had a couple of 
Saturday morning meetings, but 
nothing really structured. We 
lacked guidance and we needed 
a few more dedicated men. 
Several of us talked to You 
concerning this matter and Your 
answer was clear— we were told 
to wait. 

Summer went by and Mike and 
Judy Ostrander started to attend 
our church. Mike talked to 
several of us about starting the 
boys' work again in the fall. This 
all seemed to be part of Your 
plan. As I look back now I can 
see that You were preparing 
several good men to be used in 

^bove: Commander Gary Trimble leading the boys in the devotion time. 

Below: On the trail - Kokomo Grace Brethren men and boys 
pose for a shot before starting the trek. 

Danny and Janice Feller present the 
neckerchief to their son Michael in front 
of the congregation and Pastor Jay Fretz. 

this work. I would especially like 
to thank You for the leadership 
which You gave us in Mike 
Ostrander. Mike was prepared to 
start at square-one with us; truly 
Your man in this situation. Mike 
was willing to lead when that 
was needed and willing to step 
back when You provided other 
men to fill the positions. 

I thank You, Lord, for the men 
of North Kokomo Grace Brethren 
Church. Not many young pastors 
have the privilege of pastoring in 
a place where You have 
gathered so many strong 
Christian men. Because of the 
Spirit-led desire of these men. 
You have blessed our North 
Kokomo Grace Brethren Boys' 
work far beyond our 

In Your graciousness, Lord, You 
knew that we would need 
encouragement along the way. 
You started us with several boys 
and then kept increasing our 
numbers until in February, 
counting men and boys we have 
grown to over 30. 

The blessing which I have 
received from seeing the boys 
and men grow is far more than I 

Lord, I know that You are using 
the boys' work here at North 
Kokomo to build for the future. 
My prayer is that You will allow 
other churches to know the 
blessing which we have received. 

What more can I say than 
Thank-You, Lord, for Your 
kindness to us. 

-Pastor lay Fretz 

Homeivard Bound 

1981 Teams 

J. W. Simpson*, Tabb. Va. 
Tammy Belsen, Mendon. Mich. 
Dale Cash, Covington, Va. 
Dave Coffman, Mishawaka, Ind. 
Cory Coleman, Merrillville, Ind. 
Sue Hays, Worth/ngfon, Ohio 
Denlse Lantz, Goshen, Ind. 
Julie Martin, Latayette, Ind. 
Mary Murphy, Perryville, Ark. 
Dana Welling, Coshen, Ind. 

Keith Newswanger*, New Holland, 

Jennifer Goss, Savanna, III. 
Annette Kelly, Livonia, Mich. 
Larry Koontz, lohnstown. Pa. 
Donna Kuni, East Peroia, III. 
Dan LeVan, Milwaukee, Wis. 
Kelly Lukkes, Kenf, Wash. 
Sue McAfee, Bolton, Mass. 
Jeff McCombs, lackson, Mich. 
Scott Sims, Woosfer, Ohio 

Steve Adriansen*, Worth/ngfon, 

Duane Bishop, Fremont, Ohio 
Kay Davis, Monticello, Ind. 
Rick Dean, Altoona, Pa. 
Mindy Franchino, Winona Lake, Ind. 
Mike Karangelen, Virgiana Beach, Va. 
Robin Koch, Charleston, III. 
Phyllis LaRue, Meyersdale, Pa. 
Mitch Willaman, N. Canton, Ohio 
Duane Wilson, Fremont, Ohio 

Chuck Lavk-son*, Trotwood, Ohio 
Lois Davis, Newburgh, Ind. 
Kimberlee Coode, St. Clair, Mich. 
Raellen Ingram, Valparaiso, Ind. 
Cindy Martin, lohnstown. Pa. 
Dan Miller, Sugar Grove, Ind. 
Randy Roberts, Bethlehem, Pa. 
Jeffrey Reid, Bethlehem, Pa. 
Paul Stoner, Canton, Ohio 

Dan Heiser*, Bremen, Ind. 
Cathy Dosmann, South Bend, Ind. 
Cathy Coss, Mt. Carroll, III. 
Carrie Leonard, Milwaukee, Wise. 
Michelle Mapes, Elkhart, Ind. 
Sue Rohrbacher, Mogadore, Ohio 
Doug Shultz, Elyria, Ohio 
Terry Slanaker, Canton, Mich. 
Doug Thomas, Meyersdale, Pa. 
Bruce Vernon, Logansport, Ind. 

'Group leader 

Members of one of the Homeward Bound teams that traveled last semester were, from 
left: Chuck Lawson, Phyllis Larue, Cory Coleman, Kathy Wise, Steve Adriansen, Cndy 
Martin, Randy Roberts, Raellen Ingram, Duane Wilson, and Kay Davis. 

Homeward Bound 

by Vance E. Christie 

An exciting ministry concept 
has developed into a successful 
reality at Grace College over the 
past year. This highly productive 
ministry is known as Homeward 
Bound, and is a branch of the 
Grace Ministries in Action. 

The Homeward Bound ministry, 
which is designed to help local 
home churches through 
weekend service, first began in 
the spring of 1980. That 
semester the school sent out 
one Homeward Bound team. 
Last fall there were four traveling 
Homeward Bound teams and this 
spring there are five. 

Each team is composed of ten 
members— five guys and five 
girls. The leaders of this year's 
teams include Dan Heiser, 
Bremen, Indiana; Keith 
Newswanger, New Holland, 
Pennsylvania; John W. Simpson, 
Tabb, Virginia; Chuck Lawson, 
Trotwood, Ohio; and Steve 
Adriansen, Worthington, Ohio. 
Grace chaplain Kevin Huggins is 
the program advisor. 

Homeward Bound has 
exploded into one of the 
college's largest ministry groups. 
Each student who joins one of 
these teams commits himself to 
a year-long ministry. Each team 
visits two or three different 
churches per semester. 

Before the groups ever leave 
campus, many long hours are 
spent in preparation. Team 
members meet for one and a 


half hour training sessions twice 
a week. At these meetings, 
group leaders share valuable 
ministry tips. Team members 
also use these times to rehearse 
skits, get help on sermon or 
lesson plans, and do other things 
in preparation to minister among 
home congregations. One of the 
points stressed in these 
preparatory sessions is that 
students must live a consistent 
life style; not only while in 
churches, but also while 
associating with peers on 

As its name suggests, the 
Homeward Bound ministry is 
geared toward the home church. 
The pastors from the students' 
home churches are contacted. If 
they are intersted in having a 
team in their church, they 
communicate what the group 
will do at the church. 

No job is too big or too small 
for these help-oriented groups. 
Homeward Bound teams have 
ministered in a number of 
capacities, ranging from raking 
leaves to helping in the nursery, 
and from doing minor repair 
work to preaching Sunday 
morning sermons. The teams 
have assisted in a wide variety of 
settings, including a nursing 
home, a youth rally, a rescue 
mission, and a camp for juvenile 
delinquents. Some of the manual 
labors of the teams have been 
painting, church cleaning and 
sweeping out church busses. 

The teams, which arrive at the 
home churches Friday evening 
and remain until Sunday noon, 
are also available to perform in a 
number of in-church ministries. 
They provide special music, 
dramatic presentations, 
testimonies. Scripture reading, 
hymn leading, Sunday school and 
junior church teaching, and 

The Homeward Bound groups 
have three specific goals: to 
encourage local home churches 
through ministry weekends; to 
equip students through ministry 
training and opportunities on 
Homeward Bound weekends; to 
give home churches 
opportunities to hear and see 
their students' active ministry and 
love for Christ. 

Croup leader Steve Adriansen 
says that Homeward Bound gives 
students a "taste for ministry." If 
the Homeward Bound program is 
completely successful, the 
semesters students spend at 
Crace will be just the beginning. 
It is hoped that team members 
will go out from Crace with their 
training and will immediately 
take an active part in their home 

Thus far, the reception to 
Homeward Bound teams has 
been extremely positive. This is 
generally attributed to the 
serving nature of the groups. 
People view the Homeward 
Bound teams as helping ministry 
groups and not as mere 

Said one pastor in his 
evaluation of the Homeward 
Bound team that visited his 
church: "Over the years many 
groups, large and small, have 
visited, performed and 
participated in the services. Most 
were talented and well received. 
Homeward Bound, however, 
bridged the gap from guests to 
members, resulting in more 
personal involvement. We felt 
that the friendship was genuine 
and that we were worshiping 
together rather than being 
entertained or having a sales 
pitch. Both adults and youth 
could relate to Homeward 
Bound and they will always be 
welcome back." 


A Blessing to Grace Schools 

Over 800 companies across America match (and in some 
cases double) the gifts of their employees to recognized institu- 
tions. Last year Grace Schools received a record amount 
through the Matching Gift Program with well over 100 people 

Grace Schools would like to say thank you for those who 
realized the benefits of a doubled dollar. Grace has received 
gifts from these companies because their employees gave to see 
God's work continue at Grace. 


Bethlehem Steel 

Gates Rubber 

Bechtel Foundation 
John Deere 
Midland Mutual 
B. F. Goodrich 
General Telephone 
Berwind Corporation 
Montgomery Ward 
Cleveland Electric 

Armstrong Corporation 
United Telephone 


Leslie Chamberlain 
Robert Frick 
Robert Hartwiger 
Merle Kelly 
Jack Plunk 
Karen Roeder 
Robert Runion 
David VanBilliard 
Betty Stewart 
H. T. Barger, jr. 
Lucien LaBorde 
Ernest Tomforde 
Franklin Zook 
Tom Rittgers 
Randy Swanson 
Pamela Kubiak 
Linda Burris 
Paul Gallo 
Mary Custer 

Vance Csaszar 
James Goodling 
Neal Carlson 
Grace Inman 
Virginia Sproule 

Check with the personnel office where you work to see if 
your company is a matching gift sponsor, or write to the De- 
velopment Department at Grace Schools for complete details. 

News Notes 


Grace College has been awarded an 
unrestricted grant totaling $900 from the 
Sears Roebuck Foundation. The grant 
presented by Roger Peters, manager of the 
Warsaw Sears' store, was part of more than 
$36,800 distributed to 29 privately supported 
colleges and universities in Indiana. 


Grace Seminary Library has acquired the 
private scholarly library of the late Harry 
Thomas Frank, professor of religion at 
Oberlin College, Oberlin, Ohio. The 
collection includes almost 4,000 books, plus 
pamphlets, maps and periodicals. It is strong 
in Old Testament, New Testament, and 
archaeology with most of the materials being 
in English. 

Some of the books came from the personal 
library of Herbert G. May, a colleague of 
Frank at Oberlin until his retirement in 1970. 
The books will fill in a number of gaps in 
Grace Library's collection, particularly 
imprints from the 1950s and 1960s. 


Prof, and Mrs. James Eisenbraun have 
donated 190 volumes from the E. J. Brill 
Publishing Company of The Netherlands to 
the Grace Seminary Library. The books, 
primarily in classical studies and comparative 
religions, have a retail value of over $8,000. 


The Andersen Foundation of Bayport, 
Minnesota, made a grant of $20,000 to Grace 
College recently. The foundation awards 
grants to independent colleges which do not 
accept state or federal aid for their building 
or operations. Grace received a grant of 
$15,000 last year from the Andersen 


There were 108 students attending 5 dif- 
ferent Grace Seminary courses during the 
January Winterim this year. This included 11 
students who participated in the Seminar in 
Holy Land Studies course in Israel with Dr. 
Homer A. Kent, Jr., and Dr. Wayne Knife. 
Other courses taught during the Winterim 
were Diagrammatical Analysis (Dr. Lee 
Kantenwein), Pentateuch (Prof. James Eisen- 
braun), Christian Ed. Methods and Materials 
(Dr. Max Anders), and Marriage and Family 
Counseling (Dr. Ed Hindson). 


Dr. E. William Male, dean of Grace 
Seminary, was in Korea for a 10-day ministry 
in January. While there he met with the 
administrators of a number of private schools 
(including two seminaries and the Yonsei 
University), spoke to students in three 
Christian high schools (the largest of which 
has 8,000 students), and preached in two 
large churches with the assistance of Korean 

Dr. Male undertook the trip at the 
invitation of a number of principals in Korea 
and was accompanied by his daughter 
Rebecca, a sophomore at Grace College. 
They also had opportunity to meet with 
several missionary families, including former 
Grace Seminary students John Rathbun and 
Lewis Entz and their families. 


The two-week college Winterim (January 
5-17) attracted a record 126 course 
enrollments. Ten classes were offered 
including the popular introduction to 
Astronomy course taught by Dr. Don 
DeYoung, associate professor of physics, 
which had the most students registered. 



The Physical Science Department of Grace 
College is sponsoring a week-long 
conference on Scientific Creationism during 
July 13-17, 1981. Designed for the non- 
scientist, speakers from Grace and San Diego 
will discuss the Fossil Record, Origin of Life, 
Astronomy, and so forth. Special attention 
will be given to the teaching of these issues 
in public- and private-school settings. A 
similar 1979 conference brought 70 visitors 
to the Grace campus. Dr. Donald DeYoung is 
chairman of the Physical Science Department. 


Mrs. Deborah Cooley of Leesburg, Indiana, 
has given 100 shares of Da-Lite Screen stock 
valued at $10,000 in her continuing interest 
in the Grace College nursing program. The 
moneys will be utilized in the nursing 
program in several ways, including 
equipment needs, nursing conference 

expenses, instructional costs and student 

It was also very exciting for Mrs. Cooley to 
be a part of the second annual nurses 
capping ceremony held last December at 
which time she presented two scholarships. 
One went to first year nursing student 
Bonnie Burke of Waterloo, Iowa, for 
achievement of a high academic average. 
The other went to Robin Canady of Hilliard, 
Ohio, who was selected from among her 
peers by nursing faculty as being the 
outstanding clinical nurse. 

Two other scholarships were funded by 
Mrs. Virginia Woody, a member of the Grace 
Brethren Church in Roanoke, Virginia. The 
scholarships were given to assist those 
students of high academic standing who face 
exceptional difficulties in achieving their 
education. These scholarships were awarded 
to first-level student Cathy Goss of Mt. 
Carroll, Illinois; and to second-year nursing 
student Barbara Baumgartner of Larwill, 



THE FEBRUARY 1981 HONOR ROLL is as follows: 

In Memory of: 

Mr. Rick Clark 

Mr. John Terman 
Mrs. Beverly Shaver 



Winona Lake, Indiana 46590 

Mr. Julius Levering 

Given by: 

Peru Brethren Church 

Peru, Indiana 
Mr. and Mrs. Ernest Ringler 
Mr. and Mrs. Ted Knox 
Mr. and Mrs. Miles Cason 
Ft. Lauderdale Grace Brethren Church 


Ft. Lauderdale, Florida 
Mr. and Mrs. Marvin Good 
Seymour and Smouse, P. A. 
Mr. and Mrs. Blenford Shaver 
Mr. and Mrs. William Murphy 
Winn-Dixie Stores, Inc. 
Grabber Southeast 
Mr. and Mrs. Jim Hery 
Miss Mary Ellen Schuck 
Mr. and Mrs. Ruben Dew 
Mr. John D. Hayes 
Mr. Mayton Hayes 
Mr. and Mrs. Ervin Eaker 
Mrs. Leila Polman 

current news items of help and interest to you as Brethren 

The final figures are in for the year 1980 and we at BMH are very delighted 
with the results. Our sales and income at the Brethren Missionary Herald 
reached record levels. The total amount of sales and offerings were 
$1,350,000, which was an increase of about 16^ over the previous year. 

It was a good year in that we were able to increase the number of new books 
published and accomplish a major expansion of the bookstore. We also added 
two large pieces of equipment-a new computer for the Finance Office and a 
large new press for the Print Shop, These items will be important building 
blocks for the future and should help us in the coming years to expand and do 
more effective work. 

The year of 1981 is off to a good start, but the expenses are off to even a 
better start. Just like at your house, the utilities and other costs are up. 
Despite the difficulties, we think 1981 will be a good year. 

A look back can be good as well as negative. We would like to take you on 
some backward glances and let you see some of the material that has appeared 
in the Herald . On page 20 of this issue, you will find an article written in 
194-6. World War II was just over and Israel was not yet a nation. Dr. Charles 
Mayes wrote an article and we are reprinting it for you. It shows that good 
teaching based on the Word of God is not overpowered by time. We will be 
sharing other articles from the past with you and think you will be blessed 
by them. 

A look at the present will be shared with you in the May issue of the Herald. 
The author will be Phil Landrum, and the article written will be so current 
that it hurts. It is the story of Ghet Bitterraan who died in early March. 
Working for the Wycliffe Translaters in Colombia, he was taken hostage and 
held for some time before he was slain. Phil Landrum quickly gathered 
material on the circumstances of the slaying and you will be challenged by 
the story of this twentieth century martyr. 

One of the dedicated workers for the Lord and the Brethren Fellowship was 
lost to us but gained by heaven when Dr. Homer A. Kent, Sr. , went to be with 
the Lord on Thursday, March 5. Dr. Kent was a pastor and administrator at 
Grace Seminary. In the next issue of the Herald details of his passing and 
an accounting of his labors shall be presented by different boards with 
which he labored. His son. Dr. Homer A. Kent, Jr., is president of Grace 
Schools . 

Have you completed your plans for National Conference? From the opening- 
night musical to the final service, it will be one in which inspiration and 
fellowship will be highlighted. Dates are July 25-31, and the location will 
be Winona Lake, Indiana. 

The Ed Jacl^son 
icceptfe the challen^ 

Reflections by Still Waters 

Never Take Two Red Toothbrushes 
on a Trip! 

Charles W. Turner 


Please tell me it happens to 
you, because I have the feeling 
that the following circumstances 
come to me only to frustrate my 
life. Maybe I have a touch of the 
Elijah complex that says, "I only, 
Lord." Well, on with the story. 
Just recently June and 1 went on 
a trip together and had all the 
necessary items duly packed, as 

is our custom— just the basic 
necessities. You know how it 
goes-the black belt with the 
brown suit and no tie for the 
brown suit except the one that is 
to go with the blue suit which is 
at home. Sometimes it is one 
black sock to match the other 
brown one which you have. Of 
course, these are the normal 
things that happen as you 
prepare to travel, and all did go 
well except we made one big 
mistake. We took two red 
toothbrushes; and if a marriage is 
not real strong, this could be it. 

Now this sounds like a small 
matter, but making a decision 
before 7:00 a.m. can be a big 
problem. After all, did you leave 
your toothbrush glass on the 
right side of the wash area or 
was it on the left? A decision as 
to whether or not to sell the 
house today is an easy one 
compared to deciding which 
person owns which red 
toothbrush. It is tough to start 
the day on this kind of decision. 
If this one is made right, then 
anything else will seem to be 
very easy. But we made it by 
deciding to mark one of the 
brushes to solve the problem. 
Being a man of executive 
background, it appeared that I 
could break the handle off of 
June's; or if that was not enough, 
I could pull the bristles out of 
mine. But these are suggestions 
best left to oneself, and are not 
in line with the thought that 
something "good" is going to 
happen today. Well, we did find 
a simple solution and enjoyed 
the balance of the brief business 

Life is filled full to the brim 
with making decisions, and, in 
fact, 1 feel at times that is what 
life is all about. From that first 
conscious thought that it is 

morning and the alarm clock 
radio is singing to you, until that 
last late newscast of gloom at 
night, sandwiched in between it 
all are hundreds of decisions. 
Should I shave the right side of 
my face first or should it be the 
left? Did I take that vitamin pill 
with my orange juice or did I 
give it to the dog instead of the 
morning biscuits that she gets? 
Tough decisions, and, actually, 
some of the decisions make very 
little difference as dozens of 
them made daily will in no way 
affect the outcome of this day or 
the next. 

Yet, other decisions fit into 
another category— they are what 
the young people call "biggies." 
They can change and transform 
your days and future. In fact they 
can change your total destiny by 
making the right ones. To 
become a Christian involves a 
decision as to what a person will 
do about Christ. To accept the 
Son of Cod as Saviour and to 
permit Him to cleanse us by His 
blood is the certain and only 
way to get to heaven. To decide 
against Him is to gain the world 
and to lose one's soul, and that 
is the biggest loss of all. So the 
most important decision that will 
ever confront each of us is what 
we will do about our personal 
relationship with Jesus Christ, 
God's Son. 

What we do with time given to 
us and what we do with our 
service to Cod and others are 
two important and proper 
decisions. We should make these 
decisions only on the basis of 
truth that we can find in the 
Bible and prayer requesting 
divine leadership of the Holy 
Spirit. These are both important 
to us and our future; so make 
them with care and with His 


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Editor,' Charles W. Turner 
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Departmental Editors: 

Christian Education: 

Knute Larson, Cinny Torbian 

Foreign Missions: 

John W. Zielasko, Nora Macon 

Grace Brethren Boys: 

Mike Ostrander 

Grace Brethren Men: 

Harold Hollinger 

Grace Schools: 

Dr. Homer A. Kent, Jr., Don Cramer 

Home Missions: 

Dr. Lester E. Pifer, Brad Skiles 

Women's Missionary Council: 

Linda Hoke 


Leaving just before the coming of spring, Rev. Ed and Polly Jackson, 
and their son and family, jim, Sheryl and Jill, have arrived at Homer, 
Alaska, and are pioneering the Kachemac Bay Grace Brethren 
Church. Photo by: Brad Skiles. 

repcrted in the herald 

35 YEARS AGO - 1946 

The Foreign Missionary Society Board has voted to move their 
offices from Long Beach, California, to Winona Lake, Indiana, 
as a permanent site. . . . Miss Marie Mishler of Akron, Ohio, 
has been approved as a missionary to Africa and is available 
for deputation. 

15 YEARS AGO- 1966 

The commencement speaker at Grace Schools was Dr. Myron 
S. Augsburger of Eastern Mennonite College, Harrisonburg, Va. 
. . . Warren Tamkin has resigned at Warsaw, Indiana, to 
accept the pastorate at Elizabethtown, Pennsylvania. 

5 YEARS AGO - 1976 

Stephen P. Mason was named as Acting Financial Secretary to 
the F.M.S. . . . Professor Robert D. Ibach, Jr., will become the 
head librarian this fall. Mr. Ibach will replace Dr. and Mrs. 
Benjamin Hamilton who are retiring this fall. 


Dear Readers, 

You will find an exclusive series of articles in this issue dealing 
with the Chet Bitterman story. Mr. Bitterman served with 
Wycliffe Translators in Colombia and was killed in early 
March. Phil Landrum has put together three articles for us. 
One article deals with the account itself, another on how the 
Brethren became involved, and the last one is a brief policy 
statement given by Wycliffe Translators on how they respond 
when members of their organization are taken as hostages. 
Thanks to Phil and Betty Blair who put together these very 
contemporary stories. -CWT 

Volume 43 

Number 5 

May 1981 


7 Jewish Evangelism 

8 Working Nine to Five Isn't Enough at 
Riverside, California 

12 Kachemac Bay on the Horizon 
16 Grace News Notes 

19 Shattered Plans 

20 Rock Music 
25 Loss 

27 Sewing and Hand Projects 

28 An Astronaut Speaks 

30 Dating and Marriage (African Style) 

32 A Big Head Meeting 

36 Essentials for a Crowing Church 

38 Men: A Ministry Opportunity 

39 Grace Brethren Boys Initiates District 
Representative Ministry 

bttih features 

• Reflections By Still Waters 2 • 

• BMH Special Report 3 • 

• BMH News Report 40 • 

The Chet Bitterman Storv 

Why Wyclif fe 
Didn't Give In 

who made the decision not to 
knuckle under to the terrorists, even 
if it should mean that Chet Bitterman 
would be killed? 

"We did," commented John 
Lindskoog, speaking for Wycliffe. 

"We, the members of the Summer 
Institute of Linguistics and the 
Wycliffe Bible Translators, made it 
years ago, before anyone had been 

"We did it, aware that someday 
our hearts might ache with grief for a 
dearly-loved colleague. Above all, 
we did it with the calm assurance 
that we acted according to the will 
of Cod and in the tradition of those 
First Century Christians who lived 
and died by the refreshingly simple 
imperative: 'We must obey Cod 
rather than men' (Acts 5:29). 

"This is not the glib recital of an 
obsolete slogan. It is the deliberate 
resolve to act according to the 
priorities Cod has declared. 

"Having experienced the biting pain 
of Chefs long captivity and final 
execution, are we still committed to 
our position of no capitulation to 
"Has our decision stood the test? 
"Though lips quiver and eyes blur 
with tears, we declare again our 
unwavering faith in our Lord Jesus 
Christ. He demonstrated for all to 
see that the ultimate sacrifice, the 
laying down of one's life, when 
made in the will of Cod, is the 
greatest weapon we can wield in our 
battle against evil." 

J. Robertson McQuilken, president 
of Columbia (S.C.) Bible College 
where Chet graduated, underscored 
Lindskoog's statement, giving 
Wycliffe's stand a worldwide 
perspective as well: 

"Once you start giving in to 
terrorists, you jeopardize every 
missionary the world over." O 

Right: Chet and 

Mary Bitterman of 


Pennsylvania; the 

parents of Chet 


Below: Chet 

Bitterman as a 


by Phil Landrum / Betty Blair 

Sylvia Riggs will never forget the day it 
began - January 19, 1981. She and her husband, 
Dave, had arrived the night before in Bogota, i 
Colombia, on assignment with the Summer ' 
Institute of Linguistics (SIL), sister organization of 
Wycliffe Bible Translators. They had checked int 
the SIL guest house, where ten other adults and 
five children were staying. 

That Monday morning at 6:30, Sylvia and Dave 
were abruptly caught up in the Chet Bitterman 
story. Sylvia remembers: 

"We were awakened by a young man with a 
gun telling us to leave the room. Believe it or 
not, this terrorist was a gentleman. He turned hi 
head while I got out of bed and put on my jean 

"Then, we were taken into the living room. Th 
mothers and children were seated on the couch 
The rest of us had to lie face down on the floor 
while the terrorists tied our hands and feet and 
gagged us. 

Chet Bitterman 

"During the hour we lay there, my hands began 
to hurt from the rope tied around my wrists, and 
1 started trembling from the cold cement floor. I 
wondered how long it would be before my hand 
would be damaged permanently. Was I willing to 
give up my hand for the sake of the Gospel? 

"Twice, they untied Dave and put him in the 
getaway car beside Chet. They were planning to 
take him, too. 

"At the last minute, they decided against it. 

"Only God knows why. 

"It really got to me when I saw Chet kiss his 
little girls, Anna Ruth (3) and Esther (VA) 
goodbye. Then the terrorists-and Chet— were 

"We got untied. My hand was o.k. after all. We 
all got together and prayed." 

The ordeal was over for Sylvia Riggs. 

It had just begun for Chet . . . and his family. 

Especially his wife, Brenda. 

Brenda Bitterman will never forget the 48 days 
that followed. On the one hand, she had to deal 
with the questions of her children. Little Anna 
Ruth kept asking: 

"Did Daddy really want to go with those bad 
men? When's he coming back to play with us?" 

While Brenda was trying to explain to her 
children, she— like everyone else— didn't 
understand why Chet had been kidnapped. The 
answer came four days later as the terrorists 
made their demands: 

"Chet Bitterman will be executed unless the 
Summer Institute of Linguistics and all its 
members leave Colombia by 6:00 p.m., February 
19. (Signed) M-19 National Coordinator Base." 

Obviously, SIL couldn't comply. Because its 
linguists have dared to take enormous risks over 
the past 40 years, the/ve become "alphabet 
makers to the world." They're presently studying 
nearly 700 of the world's 5,000 languages. With a 
worldwide operation in 35 countries, SIL couldn't 
afford to be intimidated by terrorists and 


The decision was a tough one-especially for 
the family. 

It was two weeks before Brenda had any idea 
how Chet really was. During that time, she had 
her own questions-especially about his health. 
Chet had come to Bogota because he needed a 
gallbladder operation. But three days before his 
scheduled surgery, he had been kidnapped. 

On February 2, Brenda received a letter from 
Chet that the terrorists had delivered to a local 
newspaper. In his own handwriting, Chet assured 
her that he was being treated well and had had 
no recurrence of the gallbladder attacks. He said 
the kidnappers had promised to get him a 
Spanish Bible. 

It was the first of several tantalizing contacts by 
the terrorists. Another letter followed, this one 
filled with Bible verses that Chet had selected 
describing how to face suffering. Many were in 
the Psalms-46, 56, 120, and 121. 

On another occasion, the terrorists returned 
Chefs identification card and charge cards. A 
tape was delivered to a radio station. Chefs 
compassion for his captors was evident in the 

"We've talked. We've argued. We've even 
become friends. We respect each other though 
we view the world from opposite poles." 

Then a few days before the original deadline of 
February 19 the terrorists sent back his college 
class ring. Inscribed on the ring was the school's 

"To know Him and to make Him known." 

What did all this mean? Were the kidnappers 
just proving they really had Chet? Or was this a 
signal that the end was near? 

The questions haunted Brenda. 

And then it slipped past-that first ominous 
date. More deadlines came and went. The 
terrorists began threatening other SIL members, 
especially the Colombian ones. A couple of 
bombs went off that could have injured SIL 
people. There were endless rumors to wade 

Then came an encouraging word. In the first 
week of March, the M-19 group led Brenda to 
believe that Chet would soon be free. She started 
packing her suitcase for the long-awaited reunion. 
She even called Pennsylvania, asking Chefs 
parents if the snow had melted. Brenda hoped it 
hadn't, so the little girls could play in it for the 
first time, maybe even build a snowman with 
their daddy. 

But there was to be no reunion. 

Early Saturday morning, March 7, a shopkeeper 
ran across the street, banged on the outside gate 
and hollered up a message Brenda hoped she 
would never hear. 

The whole world would never forget how it 
ended. Chefs body was found in a bus. The 
terrorists had tied him to the floor of the bus, 
then shot him once through the heart. 

Continued on page 6. 

Continued from page 5. 

The same day, Chefs body was flown to SIL's 
Center at Lomalinda 85 airmiles southeast of 
Bogota. Thafs where Chet was buried. The 
funeral service was full of words of love, 
forgiveness and recommitment. Just as the sun 
was going down, it ended. 

Chet would rest close to the Indians he 
loved— the ones to whom he had committed his 
life. Chet had planned to spend the next 15-20 
years with the Carijona Indians . . . loving them 
. . . living with them . . . learning their language 
. . . developing an alphabet . . . analyzing the 
grammar . . . developing primers . . . teaching 
them to read and write . . . ultimately translating 
the Bible into the language God had given 
specially to the Carijonas. 

Now everything had changed. 

The Chet Bitterman story was over. Or was it? 

As his mother, Mary Bitterman, said the day she 
learned of her son's death: 

"Our ways are not God's ways. We never know 
what good will come out of something like this. 
Lives have already been changed just through the 
kidnapping, so who knows what might happen 
because of Chets death." O 

Betty Blair and Phil Landrum 

How Grace College Was Involved 

Dave and Sylvia Riggs 

Sylvia (Ossen) Riggs, a Grace 
College graduate, witnessed the 
kidnapping of Chet Bitterman in 
Bogota, Colombia. 

She was a Bible major at Grace. 
After graduating in 1974, she took 
linguistics training with the Summer 
Institute of Linguistics (SIL) at the 
University of Oklahoma. Next came 
jungle camp in Mexico, then 
language school in Costa Rica. Her 
first SIL assignment took her to 
Mexico, where she met Dave Riggs, 
whom she married in 1980. She and 
Dave had stopped in Bogota while 
making a survey trip through Latin 

America to determine which of the 
Creole-speaking people needed a 
Bible in their own language. 

After the kidnapping, Sylvia wrote a 
letter to the Grace Brethren Church, 
Long Beach, California, where she 
and her parents (Albert and Virginia 
Ossen) are members: 

"Ifs easy to stand before the 
church, where everything is 
comfortable and safe, and say: 'I'll 
give my life (for) Cod.' When you're 
actually faced with it, suddenly, ifs 
not easy. 

"I would like to challenge . . . our 
church to pray ... for boldness, so 
that when the time comes we will 
have the love for Cod and the 
courage it takes to say: 

" 'O.K., Lord, I'm willing to give up 
my life for you— without any 
reservation.' " 

Phil Landrum, a 1960 Grace 
graduate, was working with Wycliffe 
staff writer, Betty Blair (of Waxhaw, 
North Carolina) on several writing 
projects when the kidnapping 

The day the terrorists made their 
demands, Wydiffe's top director 
asked Betty to get on the next plane 
to Los Angeles. Two hours later, she 
left Charlotte. During the crisis, Betty 
handled press relations for Wydiffe's 
headquarters in Huntington Beach. 
She kept Phil briefed throughout. 

"I remember the night before Chet 
was killed," says Phil. "Betty felt 
uneasy about the approaching 

" 'Rumors run rampant on 
weekends,' she told me. 'They're so 
hard to stifle because everything is 

"A few hours before daybreak the 
next day, the State Department 
woke Betty with the tragic news that 
Chet had been murdered. This time, 
it wasn't a rumor. 

"A day later, we were working on 
the lead story for a special issue of 
Wydiffe's publication. In Other 

Phil majored in English and Social 
Studies at Grace. He was sports 
editor of The Sounding Board for 
four years. He's written six books, 
and is the only editor ever to win 
the Evangelical Press Association's 
"Periodical-of-the-Year" award twice. 

He is a member of the Clayhole 
(Kentucky) Brethren Church, which 
his father, Clyde Landrum, helped 
start. O 

Jewish Evangelism 

The Brethren IVIessianic Testimony of Los Angeles, California 

by Doyle Miller 

Missionary to the jews 

Shalom, dear friends. Thank 
you for your part in praying for 
Jewish Evangelism. Here in Los 
Angeles we have seen fruit and 
growth in our people. Recently 
two people have come into the 
Kingdom by acceptance of 
Messiah Jesus-one teenager and 
one Jewish lady. Please pray for 
Mark and Vivian. Continue to 
pray for the recent contacts in 
Beverly Hills— two doctors and 
two lawyers. Thank God for the 
openness of the people and for 
the opportunities that He gives 
to us. 

I recommend for your reading 
two books: "Speak Tenderly to 
Jerusalem" by Rev. Hansen and 
'The /Anguish of the lews" by 
Father Flannery. These books 
have given me a greater burden 
for the lost sheep of the House 
of Israel. I know that they will be 
of help to you as you seek to 
understand the Jewish people in 
your community and as you 
proceed to witness in your 

I would like to mention some 
obstacles and misconceptions 
that cause some Gentiles to 
dwell on other issues and not 
see a Jewish soul in need of 

1. Stereo-type. Jewish people 
are impossible to reach. They 
will never accept Jesus. They 
already look religious. They are 
finished. They had their chance. 
Excuses, excuses, excuses! We 
must reach the Jewish people or 
we are being disobedient to the 
Great Commission in Acts 1:8. 
They must have the same 
opportunity as you and I have to 
hear and respond to the Gospel. 
Many Jewish people stereo-type 
all Gentiles as Christians. You 
and I must be different, show 

love, and have compassion and 
consistency in our walk with the 
Lord. Then we can witness. 

2. Church History is our 
obstacle. Some of the men 
whom we hold as early Church 
Fathers have made derogatory 
remarks about the Jewish race. 
Many Jews have suffered at the 
hands of "Christians." When the 
Crusaders plundered Israel, they 
were doing so in the Name of 
God with large crosses dangling 
from their necks. It takes a lot of 
genuine love and compassion to 
break down these barriers and to 
share the true love of Jesus. We 
will never be able to erase 
completely the negative 
memories of Gentile persecution 
although we can teach and 
exemplify love and compassion 
Believers in Jesus were never 
given permission to judge and 
persecute the House of Israel. 

3. The Jews killed Christ. The 
highest authority in the land was 
the Gentile Roman Government 
with the final power to execute 
Jesus. Not all Jews cried out 
"crucify Him"— surely not Mary 
Magdalene, Nicodemus, Joseph 
of Arimathea. The sins of every 
sinner in effect cried out "crucify 
Him" and that includes you and 
me. A multitude of Jewish 
people including religious lews 
and Priests became followers of 
Jesus after His resurrection. In 
the first century one-fourth of 
the Jewish people were 

4. Another preconceived 
notion about Jewish people is 
that they have all the money and 
so Gentiles have the right to be 
jealous (Deut. 8:18). Not one of 
America's ten richest families is 
Jewish-Fords, Rockefellers, 
DuPonts, and so forth. Less than 
10 percent of America's 400 
richest families are Jewish. I am 
not saying all Jewish people are 
living in poverty. I know Jewish 

millionaries and multi-millionaries 
right here in Los Angeles and 
Beverly Hills. I also know a 
multitude more who are 
struggling to make it between 
retirement and welfare checks. 
No, Jews do not have all the 
money. We do not have any 
God-given-right to question the 
few who are wealthy. 

Love and compassion is the 
key. All believers should be the 
best friend that any Jewish 
person could have. Let your love 
be your "I.D." as a disciple of the 

As you share with Jewish 
contacts start with Moses, Law, 
Sin offering. Exchange of Life 
Principle in Leviticus, chapter 4. 
The sacrifice died instead of the 
sinner. Share the shedding of 
blood principle. Lev. 17:11. No 
prophet, priest, or king has ever 
changed these two principles, 
the beginning of which is seen in 
the Garden of Eden-the animal 
skins were needed to make 
Adam and Eve fit to be in the 
presence of God. It is upon 
these two principles that we can 
present the atonement of the 
Messiah through faith by grace. 
We need to present Jesus as 
human, Micah 5:2-unique, 
eternal being; Isaiah 7:14-born 
of a virgin; and His sacrificial 
death in Psalm 22:16. Use also 
the strongest evidence of 
MESSIAH. We can only guide the 
Jewish person to the conclusions 
which he must see as the final 
authority, the Word of God. 

Thank you. Brethren, for your 
continued support of the 
Brethren Messianic Testimony of 
Los Angeles. May God give you 
opportunities to witness to your 
Jewish community. Please write 
and let us know of your 
opportunities in sharing Jesus 
with Jewish people. God bless 
you. Shalom. O 

Working Nine to Five 


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by Brad Skiles 

Promotional Secretary 

No one can accuse Pastor Brian Smith of 

being lazy. Few men are working as hard. 
Brian's weekly schedule is enough toj 
make most of us groan. On , 

Mondays he gets up at 4:00 j 
(thafs A.M.)! Tuesday mornin 
begin at the same time. On.! 
Wednesday morning he is j 
up at 3:00 and Thursday he! 
sleeps in till 5:00 (we're still- 
in the A.M.s). Saturday is ; 
/IK <- much the same with I 

Brian starting hi' 
day at 4:30! 


sn't Enough 
at Riverside, California 

what is Brian doing? He's building a Grace 
Brethren church in Riverside, California. Why 
the demanding schedule? Because that's what 
it takes. 

Brian Smith is committed to establishing a 
quality ministry. Within this commitment is a 
determination to disciple men— future leaders 
that will in turn train and disciple other men 
and other leaders. Once this reproduction 
cycle begins, Brian can ease up on his 
schedule and allow his strong foundation to 
carry the weight of the ministry. But until 
that happens, Brian will pour his life into the 
Riverside Grace Brethren Church and the 
eleven men with whom he now meets. 

Brian made this discipleship commitment as 
he left the staff of the North Long Beach 
Brethren Church to begin his ministry at 
Riverside. "There were a lot of things that I 
thought I could do in Riverside that I was 
doing at North Long Beach," recalls Brian. 
"But I found that when I went to Riverside I 
didn't have the budget or facilities that we 
had at Long Beach and I didn't have a lot of 
people to work with." 

"So I began to struggle internally as to what 
my priority should be. I discovered that the 
three men who had helped start the church 
needed to be discipled. They had a hunger 
to know God's Word, but they didn't have a 
great knowledge of God's Word. So I began 
discipling those three men. As time has gone 
on, God has added more people to our church, 
and I'm presently discipling eleven men." 

"Discipleship" for Brian Smith is more than a 
packaged program, it's a way of life. "I 
believe," says Brian, "that when Christ gave 
the Great Commission to make disciples that 
He was calling those who love Him to be 
disciplined. 'Disciplined' means spending time 
in His Word and in prayer. It means follow- 
ing and obeying what He says in His Word 
and sharing the message of the good news 
with others. 

"So as I spend time with men early in the 
morning, I'm basically teaching them to live 
disciplined spiritual lives. I hold them accoun- 
table for verses to memorize and time spent 
in the Word. We share weekly experiences 
and things from the Word. In this process of 
teaching them to be faithful followers of 
Christ, I hope that some day they will be 
able to do it to other men as well." 

Brian is seeing early results from this com- 
mitment of time. "These eleven men are 
growing and as other people are growing in 
our church, they're bringing their friends and 
neighbors. All of a sudden, witnessing as a 
way of life is becoming a reality and thaf s 
exciting! We have visitors coming not from 
any particular program but because people 
in our church are happy. They're growing in 
the Word and they are excited about what 
Jesus is doing in their lives." 

The massive effort that Pastor Brian Smith is 
giving to this Home Missions church is pro- 
ducing massive results. Starting in December 
of 1979 with four families, the Riverside 

Pastor Smith in an early morning discipleship meeting 

Grace Brethren Church is now averaging in 
the upper eighties with several high Sundays 
approaching the 100 mari<. The vision of the 
two mother churches, the Bellflower 
Brethren Church and the North Long Beach 
Brethren Church, has been rapidly visualized 
with this aggressive growth. 

In reviewing Brian's schedule a valid con- 
cern arises over his family time. But Brian has 
that area under control. "One of the advan- 
tages I have in Riverside that I didn't have at 
North Long Beach is the opportunity to work 
out of my home," states Brian. "I'm able to 
do all the work that I feel God wants me to 
do in regard to study and sermon prepara- 
tion and preparing discipleship materials. I 
don't have the travel time and the adjust- 
ment time that some men have when they 
go to an office. And working at home gives 
me a few moments during the day that I can 
spend with my children before they go to 

school or with my wife at lunch." 

Such special times with his children and 
wife are quality moments, but Brian's 
schedule is at the expense of typical family 
time. There is a sacrifice that is made. 

"I believe God has called my wife, Kathy, 
just as much as He's called me to the 
ministry. She feels just as committed to 
building a church as I do. Unfortunately she 
also feels the demands that I do and so it is 
important that we try to spend some time 
alone together. That usually happens on 
Fridays but ifs not always easy to find time 
alone when you have two preschoolers. God 
has blessed me with a wife who's flexible 
and has given both of us, through our ten 
years of marriage, some experiences to help 
strengthen us through these difficult transi- 
tion years of developing leaders in the 
Hearing of Brian's schedule, one can easily 



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picture him as a "bionic" pastor-somehow 
programmed to rise before the sun, atten- 
tively lead five weekly discipleship sessions, 
visit potential visitors throughout the week 
(and particularly on Saturday afternoons), 
preach on Sunday and continue his heavy 
schedule Sunday afternoon by writing follow- 
up letters to visitors and organizing for the 
week to come. But Brian is quick to say that 
he is as human as you or I and would rather 
go a little slower and sleep a little longer. 

"The only thing different," says Brian, "is 
that I set my alarm for three or four o'clock 
and when it goes off I get up. And I feel just 
as horrible as anyone else. 

"Every morning I get up I don't want to 
disciple, but by the time I've showered and 
dressed and have spent an hour with some 
men in prayer I praise God that I was able to 
be encouraged by them as well as them to 
be encouraged by me. 

"I think the interesting thing is that the men 
see that I'm willing to spend time ministering 
to them. They see the commitment I have to 
building a church in Riverside and that 
strengthens their commitment to want to 
build a church, too. We all realize that Cod 
is building it, but He is doing it through peo- 
ple. He builds it through disciples, through 
disciplined people who are willing to make 
sacrifices and pay the price for God to build 
the church. And thafs what I'm going to 
allow God to do in Riverside and I'm thankful 
He has chosen me to do it." O 

Kachemac Bay ■ ■ • 


by Mike Boze 

Pastor Ed Jackson has traded 
the balmy climate of Florida 
to return to the land of the 
midnight sun. Ed will be 
involved in an aggressive new 
church planting ministry in the 

community of Homer, Alaska. 
Homer is primarily a fishing 
village of 2,000 people, near 
the tip of the Kenai 
penninsula. However, Homer 
has the potential of eventuall' 

becoming one of the 
outstanding commercial 
harbors in the state. This is 
true for several reasons. 
Homer is a deep port that is 
strategically situated on 
Kachemac Bay, near the 
mouth of Cook Inlet. It is also 
an open port, giving it the 
capability of servicing both 
light and heavy shipping even 
during Alaska's icy winter 

The vast potential of this 
little fishing village isn't limited 
to commercial concerns. 
Homer is also the future site 
of the Kachemac Bay Grace 
Brethren Church. There are 
many new homes under 
construction and many new 
people moving into the area; 
people in transition and open 
to new ideas. The Lord's 
timing in the launching of this 
new Home Missions point is, 
of course, perfect. The 
Kachemac Bay area is ripe 
unto harvest. 

Ed has a definite philosophy 
for church planting. It is to 
reach men in the community 
for Christ. Then, as spiritual 
head of his family, it is the 
man's responsibility to lead 
his family into a saving 
knowledge of Jesus Christ and 
to worship. 

The manner in which Pastor 
Jackson reaches out to the 
men around him is perhaps 
unique. He relies on the Lord 
to open up situations in which 
he is able to meet people on 
their own terms, and then 
bring them into the church. 
One such example was the 
criminology course that Ed 
taught in the Kenai 
Community College. When 
approached about teaching 
the course (his years in the 

Ohio State Patrol certainly 
made him qualified), Ed asked 
for the Lord's will, but was 
secretly hoping for a "no" 
answer. He was already very 
busy in building the Kenai 
church. However, God 
opened the door and Ed 
began to teach the course, 
integrating his faith into the 
lecture material. Through that 
course Ed found many people 
led to the Lord, and many 
more families in the church 
because of his "three-hour 
captive audience every 

Ed plans to continue this 
type of personal outreach in 
Homer through the local 
fishing industry. This trade is 
very clannish and difficult to 
enter, but God has led a man 
to ask Pastor Jackson to fish 
with him. Salmon fishing on 
the open sea is cold, hard 
work, but through it Ed will 
be able to break into the 
Alaskan culture. "I'll be 
involved with the fisherman; 
I'll smell like the fisherman; I'll 
get wet like the fisherman 
does; I'll suffer the same 
hazards he does and by and 
large, I'll know his language. 
I'll know where he's coming 
from and I'll be able to talk to 
him as a fisherman." 

Pastor Jackson's strategy for 
church growth continues long 
after a man and his family are 
brought into the church. Ed 
looks at this facet of his job in 
the light of Ephesians 4:11-12. 
He must also work toward 
"the perfecting of the saints, 
for the work of the 
ministry. . . ." Ed encourages 
each man to become 
involved in the functionings of 
the church. He seeks to find 
areas in which men may use 

their individual talents to the 
glory of Cod. Ed feels that 
men want to be used. They 
want to realize that they can 
be effective in a ministry. 

There is no nucleus group, 
no Bible study waiting for Mr. 
Jackson in Homer. The 
Kachemac Bay GBC must be 
built entirely from scratch. 
This fact intimidated Ed when 
he was first offered the 
challenge. But now, after 
some very graphic lessons in 
church planting in the state of 
Florida, Ed feels confident that 
the church in Homer will also 
be a success. He projects that 
within three years, the 
Kachemac Bay GBC will be in 
a building program. 

The vision Pastor Jackson 
has for Alaska doesn't stop 
with Homer. "Homer is like 
the hub of a wheel. There are 
many, many ways we could 
go out from Homer to 
establish churches. I have 
visions of a church out on 
Kodiac, after all, there are 
10,000 people on Kodiac 
Island. There's a need for a 
church up in Sterling, Alaska. 
There's certainly a need for 
another Brethren church up in 
Anchorage. And I find the 
people receptive. There are 
great needs for the Lord's 
work up there." 

Pray with us at Brethren 
Home Missions for Ed 
Jackson, his wife, Polly, their 
son, Jim, and his wife, Sheryl, 
as they, in faith, found this 
new church. Pray that they 
are sensitive to the needs of 
those around them and that 
the Lord will prepare the 
hearts of those in the 
Kachemac Bay area for the 
exciting work that is just on 
the horizon! O 


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The Brethren Investment Foundation would like to help every growing Grace Brethren church save 
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The only limitation to this significant service are the funds on deposit. 

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Box 587 
■■■ Winona Lake, Indiana 46590 ■■■ 

Dr. Homer A. Kent, Sr, 


Goes to be 
with the Lord 

Dr. Homer A. Kent, Sr., 82, of Grace 
Village, Winona Lake, Indiana, went to 
be with the Lord suddenly on the 
afternoon of March 5. Death was due to 
an apparent heart attack. 

Dr. Kent had been pastor of the First 
Brethren Church of Washington, D.C. 
(now Lanham, Maryland), where he 
served faithfully from 1925 to 1940. He 
moved to Winona Lake, Indiana, in 1940 
and served on the faculty (church 
history/practical theology) and 
administration (serving as registrar/vice 
president) of Grace College and Grace 
Theological Seminary until his retirement. 
He was elected as moderator of the 
National Fellowship of Grace Brethren 
Churches in 1968. Dr. Kent served 48 
years as a member of the board of 
trustees of the Foreign Missionary Society 
of the Grace Brethren Church. 

He was born November 10, 1898, at 
Hiram, Ohio, the son of Arthur H. and 
Leona (Van Epps) Kent. He was a loyal 
and devoted husband and father. His 
widow, Alice, will continue to reside at 
the Grace Village. He is also survived by 
two sons. Dr. Homer A. Kent, Jr., 
president of Grace Schools; and Rev. 
Wendell E. Kent of Waynesboro, 
Pennsylvania. A sister. Miss Eleanor G. 
Kent of Grace Village, also survives. O 

News Notes 


Five Grace College seniors and one 
diploma student recently exhibited their work 
in the North Hall Art Gallery. Students 
participating in the exhibit included Lori 
Bingham, Winona Lake, Indiana; Teresa 
Phipps, Warsaw, Indiana; John Boots, 
Warsaw, Indiana; Barb Devine, Richfield, 
Ohio; Pat Ide, Hatboro, Pennsylvania; and 
Don Toy, West Kittanning, Pennsylvania. 

Mrs. Bingham resides at 608 Chestnut 
Avenue in Winona Lake with her husband, 
David. She is a secondary art education 
major. Her parents are Mr. and Mrs. Albert 
Roller, Polk, Ohio. Lori presented an 
assortment of ceramics, a wire sculpture, an 
appliqued pillow and a weaving in the 
display. She and her husband plan to move 
to Grand Rapids, Michigan, after she 
graduates where David will continue his 
education and Lori would like to find a 
teaching position. 

Miss Phipps also plans to teach after 
graduation. She is moving to California this 
summer and will begin instructing at a 
Christian school in the fall. Teresa is the 
daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Lester A. Phipps, 
Rt. 5, Warsaw, Indiana. She graduated from 

students are seated around a dinner table that is one of 
many exhibits they displayed in the North Hall Art 
Gallery at the college. From left, seated are: Lori 
Bingham, and Barb Devine, while standing are: Teresa 
Phipps, Don Toy, John Boots, and Pat Ide. The 
tableware was made by Mrs. Bingham and Toy. 

Warsaw Community High School in 1976. 
Teresa, an art education major, displayed a 
water color, a linoleum print, a variety of 
ceramics, an oil painting and a quilt. 

John Boots and his wife. Missy, reside on 
Winona Beach Road in Warsaw, Indiana. The 
art area major presented four pen and ink 
drawings and a ceramic bust in the display. 
John is interested in a future of either art 
advertising or coaching. He is the son of Mr. 
and Mrs. Richard Boots, Indianapolis, Indiana. 

Miss Ide, an art education major, is the 
daughter of Mrs. Doris Ide, Hatboro, 
Pennsylvania. Pat is going to spend seven 
months in New Mexico as a short-term 
missionary to the Navajo Indians after 
graduation. She displayed a wire sculpture, a 
silkscreen and a ceramic piece. 

Don Toy hopes to go on and pursue the 
master's degree after his graduation in May. 
He would eventually like to teach art at the 
high school level. The art education major 
presented an oil painting, a linoleum print 
and assorted ceramics. Don is the son of Mr. 
and Mrs. Allan Toy, Kittanning, Pennsylvania. 

The final student taking part in the display 
was Barb Devine who will receive the two- 
year certificate in art this spring. From 

Richfield, Ohio, Barb is the daughter of Mr. 
and Mrs. Robert Devine. She would like to 
work in either illustration or as a florist after 
leaving Grace. Barb displayed two water 
colors, an acrylic painting, a wire sculpture 
and an assortment of ceramics. 


Grace Schools will be operating on a 
balanced budget of $5.9 million for 1981-82. 
The record budget was passed during the 
spring meeting of the Board of Trustees held 
on campus with the chairman, Dr. Kenneth 
Ashman, presiding. 

Tuition rates in both the college and 
seminary have been increased. In the 
college, the tuition is set at $96 per credit 
hour as compared to $86 this year. The 
seminary rate for next year is $78 per credit 

In keeping with the rapid increase in the 
cost of utilities and food the board approved 
a 14 percent hike in room and board in the 
college. The rate for room and board next 
year will be $1,986. Gift income needed to 
balance the budget will be $585,000. 

Promotions in rank effective in August 
1981, were approved for college and 
seminary faculty as follows: Dr. Don 
DeYoung, Dr. Mike Grill, Dr. Stephen Grill, 
Dr. Richard Jeffreys, Dr. Wayne Knife to 
Professor; Mr. Bill Darr, Prof. Don Fowler, 
Prof. Ron Manahan, Dr. Larry Overstreet, 
Prof. Ken Taylor to Associate Professor; 
and Prof. Skip Forbes to Assistant 

Sabbatical leaves for Dr. John Davis and 
Dr. Mervin Ziegler were also granted. Dr. 
Davis plans to do writing, archaeological 
digs and attend management seminars 
during the spring and summer of 1982. Dr. 
Ziegler anticipates spending the second 
semester of the 1981-82 school year in 
Bolivia, South America, teaching children of 
missionaries and studying cross-cultural 

in an effort to keep salaries in line with the 
ever-increasing cost of living, the board 
granted pay raises to faculty and staff ranging 
from 8 to 14 percent. The trustees also desire 
to keep salaries at comparable levels with 
those at schools similar to Grace. 

in other action the board authorized Grace 
Seminary to proceed with efforts to secure ac- 
creditation with the North Central Association 
of Colleges and Schools. Grace College has 
been accredited since 1976. 


Dr. Wendell G. Johnston, president of 
William Tyndale College (formerly Detroit 
Bible College) will be the speaker for the 
baccalaureate service for Grace College and 
Theological Seminary to be held in the Billy 
Sunday Tabernacle on Thursday, May 21. 

Dr. Johnston is a graduate of Bob Jones 
University, with Th.M. and Th.D. degrees 
from Dallas Theological Seminary. He has 
been at his present post since 1968. Prior to 
that time, he was academic dean at 
Washington Bible College and earlier 
pastored churches in Indiana and Texas. He is 
a member of the board of regents at Dallas 

Commencement exercises for both schools 
will be held on Friday, May 22. Dr. Hon-ier A. 
Kent, Jr., president of Grace Schools, will 
confer the degrees. O 

A Blessing to Grace Schools 

Over 800 companies across America match 
(and in some cases double) the gifts of their 
employees to recognized institutions. Last year 
Grace Schools received a record amount through 
the Matching Gift Program with well over 100 
people involved. 

Grace Schools would like to say thank you to 
those who realized the benefits of a doubled 
dollar. Grace has received gifts from these com- 
panies because their employees gave to see 
God's work continue at Grace. 


Columbia LNC Corporation 
Emerson Electric 
Bethlehem Steel 

Phillips Petroleum 
Stauffer Chemicals 
Ford Motor Company 
Dana Corporation 
Bendix Corporation 
Phillip Morris, Inc. 


Bill Goodwin 
James Rosser 
Donald Garland 
Robert Packech 
Ralph McConahay 
Carol Pennybacker 
Bruce Currie 
Virgil McNeal 
David Young 
Gary Longworth 

Check with the personnel office where you 
work to see if your company is a matching gift 
sponsor, or write the Development Department at 
Grace Schools for complete details. 

THE MARCH 1981 HONOR ROLL is as follows: 

In Memory of: 

Mrs. Beverly Shaver 

Mr. Roy Kinsey 

Mr. and Mrs. Dan K. Redmond 

Mrs. Sybil Oeize 

Mrs. R. Paul Miller, Sr. 

Mr. George Irvin 
Mr. Raymond Armstrong 
Mr. Julius Levering 
Mrs. Clara Henry 

Mr. Robert Young, III 

Mr. Joseph M. Beckner, Sr. 

Dr. Homer A. Kent, Sr. 

Please mail this form with your contribution 

Date Amount enclosed $_ 


Your name 

Your address 


(Clieek one) 

D In Memory of_ 

D In Honor of 



D Your relationship to the one for whom the gift is given 


Mail to: 

Living Memorials, Grace College and Seminary, Winona Lake, Ind. 46590 

Given by: 

Florida & Light Company 

Broward Service Center 

Supervisors, Fort Lauderdale, Fla. 
Florida Power & Light Company 

Broward Service Center 

Flower Fund, Fort Lauderdale, Fla. 
Mr. and Mrs. Charles Dougherty 

Grace Brethren Church 

Fort Lauderdale, Fla. 
Mr. and Mrs. Joseph Taylor 
Mr. and Mrs. James B. Woods 
Mr. and Mrs. Orville Prime 

Lutheran Central School 

6th Grade Class 

Fort Lauderdale, Fla. 
Mr. and Mrs. Russell W. Snyder 
Mrs. Leila Polman 
Mr. and Mrs. Phil Grandin 
Mr. and Mrs. Richard OeIze 
Mr. Thomas Watkins 
Mr. and Mrs. Kenneth R. Werner 
Mr. and Mrs. John Armstrong 
Mr. and Mrs. John Armstrong 
Mr. and Mrs. Clayton E. Skellenger 
Mrs. W. H. Greenwood 
Mr. and Mrs. Ralph Armentrout 
Mrs. and Mrs. Daryl Armentrout 
Mrs. Wilma M. Young 
Southeast District Ministerium 

Roanoke, Va. 
Mr. and Mrs. Ronald E. dinger 
Mr. and Mrs. Gerald Twombly 
Dr. and Mrs. D. Wayne Knife 
Rev. and Mrs. Thomas Hammers 
Resource Development, Inc. 

Springfield, Mo. 
Mr. and Mrs. Forest Leistner 
Mrs. Ruthella Rodeheaver 
Mr. and Mrs. Dewey Melton & sons 
Mr. William H. Schaffer 
Mr. and Mrs. Winbon Shackleford 
Mr. and Mrs. Neal Carlson 
Mr. and Mrs. Bob Chaminess & David 



Winona Lake, Indiana 46590 



Published as a ministry of 
GBC Christian Education 

Above: The crash vehicle; 
right: iVIarc Zimmerman 


by Marc Zimmerman 
as told to Chuck Cheek 

It was a normal Saturday, August 16, 
1 980, and I had worked a 1 2-hour 
shift at the plant in Warsaw, Indiana, 
where both my dad and I worked. At 
3:00 a.m. I honked "so long" to my 
dad as I passed him on my way home. 

As I drove home, there was not 
another car on the road. As I went 
through Milford on Indiana State 
Highway 15,1 waved to the city 
policeman who was parked in his 
customary spot. Little did I know that 
the next car I would meet would hit me 
head-on and my chances of surviving 
would be merely 30 percent. 

I saw the car coming about a half- 
mile away and was not aware that 
anything was wrong. But as I neared 
the Milford overpass, I saw him hit the 
guard rail on his side of the road. 
Sparks flew everywhere. I slowed 
down, in case he might need help 
should he wreck. But in that instant he 
crossed the center line. There was no 
place for me to go. I couldn't get out 
of his way and we crashed head-on. 

In the split-second before the cars 
hit, a picture flashed in my mind. I 
remembered the funeral of an elderly 
gentleman in my church. He had only 
recently passed away. Now I 
envisioned myself in his place. I was 
sure that I was going to die. 

Although I could not recall what 
happened after that, I am told I 
managed to get out of the truck by 
myself. It was a new truck, only two 
weeks old. I wondered how 
extensively it had been damaged. 
Within a few minutes, the police and 
two ambulances arrived and we were 

taken to Goshen General Hospital. 

In the emergency room, doctors and 
nurses were everywhere. One doctor 
stitched the many cuts on my face and 
all over my body. A bone specialist 
worked on my crushed foot, broken 
left leg, and fractured pelvis. Another 
doctor was working on my mouth. 
Simultaneously, I was being prepared 
for surgery to remove my ruptured 
spleen which was causing internal 
bleeding and also to repair damage to 
my mouth and gums from having 1 4 
teeth knocked out. 

I spent the four days following 
surgery in the intensive care unit 
where I was administered 1 2 pints of 
blood. I was moved to a private room 
Wednesday, August 20, but 
underwent a second surgery Thursday 
to put a pin in my leg so it could be 
weighted to pull my fractured hip back 
in place. 

T/ie split-second before impact a 
picture flashed in my mind. I 
was sure I was going to die. 

It wasn't until Thursday night after 
surgery when I awoke screaming from 
a nightmare and struggling to get out 
of bed, that I realized something had 
happened to me and that I was in the 
hospital. It was then that I was told 
about the accident and that I would be 
flat on my back, in traction, for six 
weeks. My first thought was, "That 
can't be! I'm going to be leaving for 
college in a week." Six weeks 
sounded like forever. Then I 
discovered that the drunk man who hit 
me was already released from the 
hospital with no serious injuries. I 
wondered why God would allow this to 
happen to me. And why was the drunk 
able to go home and I had another five 
weeks in the hospital, in traction! I just 
could not understand it. 

Then on Saturday, the Christian 
doctor who had performed the surgery 

on my spleen came in to see me and 
remove the stitches. As he began 
telling me how pleased he was with my 
fast progress, he could sense that I 
was depressed. Then he shared these 
verses from the Bible with me. "Make 
sure that nobody pays back wrong for 
wrong, but always try to be kind to 
each other and to everyone else. Be 
joyful always; pray continually; give 
thanks in all circumstances for this is 
God's will for you in Christ Jesus" (1 
Thess. 5:15-18 NIV). 

I read those verses over and over, 
and prayed that God would be with 
me, give me patience in waiting for my 
body to heal, and to help me to have a 
good attitude and learn from this 
experience. Most of all, I wanted to be 
a good testimony tor Him. 

I was released from the hospital on 
Sunday, September 28. 

Those 44 days in the hospital, 
although difficult, have been the most 
meaningful days of my life. I never 
realized I had so many friends who 
cared and took the time to come and 
visit which made the days go so much 
quicker. The church youth group came 
to the hospital and I was given 
permission to go down to the chapel to 
meet with them. There were also 
Christian nurses who took the time to 
come to my room and pray with me 
late at night when I had trouble 
sleeping. My Christian doctor gave me 
the encouragement I needed when I 
needed it. 

I don't understand why God does 
things the way He does, but I do know 
that nothing happens to us that hasn't 
passed through His hands first. He 
uses everything we experience to 
make us more like His Son. So I have 
no regrets — just thankfulness that 
God used this accident to teach me 
patience and make me grow closei to 
the Lord. I still haven't "arrived." ! get 
impatient with things at times, but 
praise tne Lord, He isn't finished with 
me yet! O 

Marc Zimmerman and Chuck Cheek 
are membeiv of ine Goshan, Indiana, 
Grace Brethren Chu::. 

an interview with Al 

You might not believe it, but 
Georgia produces more than just 
peanuts, presidents, and "The 
Dukes of Hazard. " On the rise on 
the Christian music scene is Al 
Holley, a young and talented 
Atlantan whose Larry-Gatlin-like 
voice is becoming well-known 
throughout the Southeast. 

Al started singing when he was 
very young, but it wasn't until he 
toured England with Barry Maguire 
several years ago that he began 
sensing that the Lord was leading 
him into the music ministry. 

Recently, Al opened for B. J. 
Thomas at his Atlanta concert and 
has just produced his second 
album, "Friends Like You." If his 
name sounds familiar it's probably 
because you were at Brethren 
National Youth Conference last 
year where Al was featured. 

In January, Wayne Hannah, 
youth pastor at the Grace Brethren 
Church in Atlanta, interviewed Al 
for "Ac'cent on Youth." The 
intention of the interview was to 
get the opinion of a contemporary 
Christian musician about the issue 
of the teen and his music. 

With music from a local rock 
station blaring in the background at 
the t\Aad Italian Restaurant in 
Atlanta, we pick up the 
conversation between Al and 
Wayne . . . 

Ij Wayne: (Amid bites of his 

gl: "Vegetarian's Delight") Al, a problem 

'* many young people face deals with 

rock music. As a contemporary 
IL Christian musician, what are some of 
ff your views on rocl< music? 

Al: I believe there is a spiritual 
element in all music. It's always 
present. And it becomes obvious when 
you see how music can affect you. 
Sometimes when I'm in my car, I'll just 
absent-mindedly turn on some rock 
station and after awhile, I can see a 
real difference in my attitudes, my 
thought patterns, and whether or not 
I'm impatient at that red light. It all 
stems from that music playing. It 
affects a person even when he's not 
paying any attention to it. So, secular 
rock music is something that can be a 
real problem for the Christian. I used to 
think that someone who would say you 
should get rid of your rock albums was 
out in the ozone layer. And that's even 
when I was a Christian. But then, as 
the years went by, the Lord convicted 
me of it. I used to have a big collection 
of albums. And I really felt impressed 
of the Lord to throw every one of them 
away. When I was doing it, I stood 
there saying, "Lord, are you sure about 
this? I've got a lot of money invested 
here!" But after I did it, I felt a real 

Wayne: So, this spiritual element in 
music is what a teen needs to be 
careful of, because it can have a 
dangerous effect on them without then 
realizing it? 

Al: Yeah. There's no way that you 
can take a bunch of guys that are 
professed homosexuals, are abusive t( 
their bodies, have no Christian 
convictions whatsoever (no matter ho\i 
good they are musically) and have 
them produce an album that Satan 
doesn't want to use. That's how Satan 
gets into the Christian home. Most 
songs are talking about drugs, 
immorality, homosexuality, alcohol, se 
. . . and there's no way that a Christiai 
can listen to rock and not pick up on i 
It's there in his mind whether he's 
conscious of it or not. I don't see how^ 
anyone can really be walking close to 
the Lord and yet be constantly filling 
his mind with improper things. 

Wayne: Is it just the words that are 

Al: No. You have to consider it all . 
the beat, the words, the different 
sounds used. You have to evaluate 
what it is really telling you, not just th£ 
it sounds good. 

Wayne: Can you analyze Christian 
music the same way ... by analyzing 
the effect It has on you? 

Al: Well, I believe that whatever you 
do, as long as you are really able to 
do it as unto the Lord, the proper spir 
is going to come across. And as a 
result, there's going to be fruit of that 
spirit that is going to come out in you 

For instance, when I was making m 
last album there were so many times 
that I realized the Lord's presence, thi 
I was just overwhelmed with tears an( 
couldn't sing anymore. I knew that it 
was so "of Him." I know that God ha( 
His hand in it because of the many 
details that only He could have worke 
out to make the album possible. So, I 
believe that even when a non-Christia 
listens to that album he's going to get 

One day recently I was listening to 
my messages off of my telephone 
answering machine and a man called 
to tell me how he had been listening ' 
my album and got so convicted by 

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"First Desire" that he got down on his 
knees before God and asked Jesus 
into his life. That's how I know there is 
a spiritual element in music. God used 
a little plastic disc to bring a man to 

Wayne: But can you say that all 
Christian music is going to produce 
that same kind of result? Are there 
some Christian artists that teens should 
be careful about? 

Al: Well . . . (pause) ... if I even have 
a question about whether I should 
listen to some kind of music or not, I 
just ask the Lord to direct me in this 
area. I know He will convict me of it 
one way or another. I know He will. A 
lot of Christian music I've heard really 
cheapens my Saviour. And I believe it 
grieves Him. It grieves Him that so 
many of His children are so immature 
spiritually that they buy some of it and 
take it home. 

Wayne: But don't most of these 
artists that produce this questionable 
music feel they are doing the right 
thing, too? 

Al: I'm sure they do. They feel their 
music is of God. I don't know what 
God's doing in their lives, but I know 
that I wouldn't be a part of it. Some 
artists look at the top secular groups 
and they want to show that they are 
every bit as good as some of these 
groups musically. And they see these 
non-Christian groups and know it's 
what teens are into and they say, "If 
we gear our music like that, we can 
win kids to Christ." Personally, I think 
t's like trying to get someone to stop 
smoking by giving him a pack of 
cigarettes. They're trying to win the 
world by being like the world. I don't 
hink it should be that way. 

There are some groups right here in 
Atlanta that are hard-rock Christian 
groups. And 1 mean hard rock! They 
blow their heads off" with smoke, 
trobes, heavy metal, loud speakers 

. . just to get the kids in. Then they 
inally get down to Bible study after 
orty minutes of this stuff. These kids 
«e really coming for the music though, 
ome guy at school said to them, 
'Hey man, you wouldn't believe how 
ar out this church is!" When you get 

someone geared up emotionally that 
way, they'll do anything. But, I'd like to 
see some of these kids a month or two 
later and see where they are with the 
Lord and if they really made a 
commitment with Jesus. The world's 
methods to draw a crowd . . . (pause) 
. . . You know, when Jesus drew a 
crowd as He walked into town, 
everybody knew that there was 
something different about that man. He 
just never used the world's methods. 

Wayne: Okay. If there is some 
Christian music that teens should 
avoid, how can they evaluate it? What 
suggestions can you give us that 
would help? 

Al: First of all, we have to realize 
different levels of maturity. When a 
person is saved, he is just a babe in 
Christ. But as he grows spiritually, he'll 
be better able to evaluate the kind of 
music he should listen to— if it Is 
ministering to him. Christian music 
should encourage, exhort and lead 
teens in worship, praise and adoration 
toward the Father. 

Wayne: Let's say that a Christian teen 
has just thrown away his whole 
collection of rock albums. Now he 
wants to build up a collection of 
Christian music. How does he start? 

Al: First, he needs to go to a Christian 
bookstore and start listening to all the 
albums that look interesting to him. 
The store usually has a "demo" of the 
album. And, he can ask the store 
manager what he likes and what most 
young people like. 

Then, when he takes the album 
home, he should invite his folks to sit 
down and listen to it with him. Teens 
can form a real bond in this area if 
they would learn to invite their folks to 
become a part of this area of their 

Discuss with them what's on the 
album. Ask them things like, "How 
does that hit you? What do you think 
he's really saying there?" Tell them 
how it hits you and what the song 
means to you. That could really get 
teens and parents sharing together. It 
also helps young people show their 
parents that they are not bringing stuff 
home that they disapprove of. 

Wayne: Al, that is a great idea! I've 
never heard anyone suggest that 
before. But it could have its hazards. 
Like, what happens when Mom and 
Dad don't care too much about the 

Al: I believe that the number one rule 
for living in any household is always, 
"Honor thy father and mother." If a 
parent says, "I don't want you bringing 
Al Holley's records into this home!" 
Then, you had better not take Al 
Holley's records home! That's the way 
I feel about it. I believe that God has 
given our parents as our guides to 
direct and counsel us and if we step 
out of that area, we are in hot water. 

Wayne: So, if parents would take a 
more active role in this area, it would 
help a lot of teens' dilemma about their 

Al: Yeah . . . and really love their kids. 
When I'm a parent, if the Lord tarries 
that long, no music will come into my 
house unless it's OK'd by me. I will sit 
down with my young person and I will 
listen to that record and say, "OK, 
now let's figure out what it's really 
sayi|ig.." And I hope that as a result of 
my loving my kid from the time he's 
born all the way up to the time he even 
has an interest in music, that his 
interest would be to praise the Father 
and that he wouldn't even need the 
other stuff. 

Wayne: Any closing comments? 

Al: You need to always make sure that 
your heart agrees with what your foot's 
tapping to. If it doesn't ... get it out of 
your life! 

Wayne: Do you want the rest of my 
"Vegetarian's Delight"? 

Al: No, but I'll let you have the check. 

To receive more materials on 
the subject of the problems of 
rock music for youth group 
discussions or personal enrich- 
ment, write 6BC Christian 
Education, P. C. Box 365, 
Winona Lake, Ind. 46590. 
Enclose $3 '-'.0 for the articles 
to cover postage; and handling. 




-J—ines Ttcm J^ewiA 

by Ed Lewis 

Sick of School Blues 

Sitting at a school desl( listening 
to "what led up to the Second 
World War" may not be the most 
exciting thing you'll do 
today— especially if it's after lunch 
and it's a beautiful, 80 degrees, 
and there's a group of guys play- 
ing baseball and it's May and 
school's almost over and you're 
thinking about the date you'll have 
on Saturday and you can't wait to 
go water skiing and . . . 

Just remember, because you're 
inside you'll enjoy the "outside" 
even more, later on. I think people 
who live up north especially ap- 
preciate spring because they just 
faced a cold winter. Lots of things 
in life are better because of learn- 
ing to wait— like completing an 
education instead of dropping out 
or waiting for sex till marriage in- 
stead of before. 

Besides, because you're sitting 
inside instead of being outside, it 
shows you're keeping a 
priority— you're in school. You're 
doing what's right. You might en- 
joy "fun in the sun" for a few days, 
but not if you have to take summer 
school as a result of skipping 

And you're developing patience 
(I hope!). James 5:7-8 says, 
"Behold, the farmer waits for the 
precious fruit of the earth and has 
long patience for it, until he 
receives the early and later rain. Be 
ye also patient, and establish your 
hearts ..." 

Wait it out. Summer's comin' 
soon! But wait with patience. You 
could learn more than what led up 
to the Second World War. 

Gnrwiinaumsjniik GnnDunauTUUfdA 






Brethren National Youth Conference, August 9-15, 
1981 ... Don't miss this super, fantastic week in 
Colorado! The University of Colorado is in Greeley, 
Colorado. Featuring Josh IVlcDowell, Barry St. CLair, 
Walk-Thru-The- Bible Seminar (New Testament), Pete 
Carlson, John Fischer, over 1 ,000 Brethren teens, 
trip to the summit of Rocky Mountain National Park 
and Estes Park. 

June 15 is registration deadline, cost being $155. 
Promotional supplements are available. 

NAC/Bible Quiz finals will take place at BNYC for 
district winners. Many trophies and scholarships are 

Brethren Student Life Volunteers: This Is a program 
designed to encourage students who feel God may 
want them in a Christian career (vocation). Write CE 
for a brochure. 

Iowa and Northeastern Ohio will both receive 
Operation Barnabas teams this summer. Each team of 
28 senior high students and adult leaders will minister | 
during June and July. An added aspect of this year's 
program will be a 1 0-month follow-up program for 
members of Operation Barnabas. 

and Amy Abbitt, Margie Morris, Susan Morris, Dave 
and Lee Peters (and Dwayne), Tom Peters, Debra 
Sturdivant, Rich and Lynette Van Heukelum and 
children (Jason, Bradley, and Sara), Becky Wagner 
France: Dick Schilperoort Puerto Rico: Tanya 
Waggoner, Karin White. 

If you're seeking a Christian career, and are college- 
age or older, consider the TIME program as an 
invaluable on-site exposure to missions. 

Timothy Teams: Four college-age ministry teams and 
two "spring-break" teams helped church and youth 
ministries this past semester. Timothy Team 
applications are received at the beginning of each 

Like the 

new format? 

It will be 

published 6 times 

a year as the center 

section of the Herald. 

Extra copies of "Ac'cent on 

Youth" are available on a limited 

basis by writing CE. Enclose 70<P 

Reduced rates for quantities. 

"Just a word of thanks for ttie neat 
group of young people that were 
on Timothy Teams. We really 
enjoyed hJlarshall (Noriega) 
and we're looking 
forward to their next 
weekend here. " 

A recent Timothy Team 


Women Manifesting 

Women's Missionary Council of the Grace Brethren Church 
Box 711, Winona Lai<e, Indiana 46590 


Mrs. Dan (Miriam) Pacheco, 413 Kings Highway, Winona Lake, 
Ind. 46590-219/267-7603 

First Vice President 

Mrs. Dean (Ella Lee) Risser, 58 Holiday Hill, Lexington, Ohio 

Second Vice President 

Mrs. )ames (Triceine) Custer, 2515 Carriage Lane, Powell, Ohio 


Mrs. Fred (Margie) Devan, Jr., 2507 Vancouver Dr., N.W., 
Roanoke, Va., 24012-703/366-2843 

Assistant Secretary 

Mrs. Donald (Manlyn) Weltmer, Route #1, Box 131. 
Cerrardstown, W. Va. 25420-304/229-3920 

1, Lake Odessa, Mich. 

Financial Secretary-Treasurer 

Miss )oyce Ashman, 602 Chestnut Avenue, Winona Lake, Ind. 

Assistant Financial Secretary-Treasurer 

Mrs. Bill (Shirley) Stevens, Box 59, R. R. 

Literature Secretary 

Mrs. Ralph (Betty) Hall, Route #8, Box 297, Warsaw, Ind. 


Mrs. Noel (Linda) Hoke, R, R. 1, Hickory Estates, Warsaw, Ind. 

Prayer Chairman 

Mrs. John (Sally) Neely, 121 S. Walnut Street, Troy, Ohio 



Our offering this year is 

helping to support the 

African pastor who is 

studying at Grace Seminary, 

providing a memory bank 

typewriter, and also 

additional funds for the 

new mission residence. 

Goal -$10,000 

Date Due - June 10, 1981 

Other offerings due June 

10, 1981, include the Thank 

offering given to Brethren 

Messianic Testimony and 

the Birthday offering given 

towards the support of our 

five WMC Birthday 

Missionaries. These are 

offerings that are to be 

collected throughout the 

year and sent in at this 


Jfissimary SBirtMays 

JULY 1981 

(If no address is listed, the address will be found on pages 32 and 33 
of the 1981 Brethren Annual.) 


Miss Carolyn Kodear July 7 

Miss Cheryl Kaufman July 10 

Mrs. Kathy Ochocki July 24 

Sandrine Vieuble July 25, 1975 

Rev. Tom Stallter July 26 


Elizabeth Hoyt July 4, 1978 

Mrs. Kathryn Hoyt July 29 


Frederick Hodgdon July 9, 1964 

Rev. Earle Hodgdon July 18 


Mrs. Bonnie Schilperoort July 2 

Ryan Hobert July 29, 1978 

Mrs. Susie Hobert July 31 


Mrs. Donna Walker July 1 

Mrs. Ada Taber July 8 

Maria Robinson* July 9, 1966 

Andy Hudson* July 10, 1973 

Dr. Don Hocking* July 15 

Rev. Robert Williams July 15 

Miss Marian Thurston* July 24 

Lisa Immel* July 26, 1966 

Miss Margaret Hull* July 27 

*c/o P.O. Box 588, Winona Lake, IN 46590 


"for the Cord Jrantj wisdom! HiJcVfery word 
is a treasure of knowledge and understanding. 






-If using a questionnaire for filling in 
this year's statistical blank, do so 
privately with the list on paper. Pass 
these lists out individually at your 
business meeting. 

-Stress the importance of objectives 
found in the Conference Pen Pointer 
and also the current Grace Brethren 

—Local statistical reports are to be in 
the hands of the district president by 
June 15, 1981. Plan ahead. 

—Sponsor a pantry party. Bring in 
non-perishable foodstuffs for the 
deacons or pastor to distribute to 
those in need.— Ca/;Yorn/a 

-Prayer circle cards can be made 
from two wheels of construction 
paper with the names of your group's 
membership on the bottom wheel 
and a window on the top wheel. 
Each month a new name is seen and 
remembered in prayer. Revolve the 
wheel to see the new name. Place 
wheels together with a brass fastener. 
Remember to include some empty 
slots for new members and others 
who are in need of our prayer. (Use 
the circles to the right as patterns). 

"For I know the plans that I 
have for you, declares the 
Lord, plans for welfare and 
not for calamity to give you a 
future and a hope" (Jer. 

According to this verse, 
God's people are not victims 
of a system of coincidences 
or a series of circumstances, 
but the events that effect 
their lives are allowed and 
directed by Cod. This 
Scripture strongly teaches that 
the episodes of our lives are 
for the welfare and not for 
the calamity of God's true 
children. Further, the passage 
suggests that our life 
circumstances, under the 
control of a wise Heavenly 
Father, are planned so that 
we may have a future and a 
hope, indicating good things 
here and hereafter. 

This weekend, my husband 
and 1 will observe the first 
anniversary of a great loss, 
probably the greatest loss we 
have experienced in 40 years 
of marriage. On that cold and 
raw night, just a year ago, we 
stood in our front yard and 
watched our home and all of 


by Miriam McKeefery Uphouse 
March 1, 1981 

our possessions burn to the 
ground. The loss was raw and 
personal and initiated feelings 
of shock, disbelief and 

Almost immediately, 
however, we both sensed a 
presence and inner strength 
that came from the Lord 
Himself and from His Word. 
Our first act was to pray 
together and thank the Lord 
for sparing our lives and then 
asked Him to teach us from 
this traumatic experience. 

During the days that 
followed, we learned that 
although loss is painful and 
debilitating, for a believer, it is 
tempered by the knowledge 
that God is in control. The 
prayers and encouragement 
of family, friends, co-workers, 
college and church families 
and neighbors were 
invaluable. The sting of loss 
was lessened by practical 
outpourings of sympathy in 
the form of food, money, 
clothing, necessities and 

We also learned that "the 
prayers of righteous men avail 
much" and that we were able 

to cope and function as 
responsible individuals in spite 
of the loss of material things, 
because the body of Christ 
supported us through prayer. 

Today, one year later, we 
have everything that we need 
and much more. Our new 
modular home is comfortable 
and beautiful, our household 
items, mostly gifts, are tasteful 
and lovely and this 
experience has given us a 
new and exciting perspective 
on trusting, sharing and 
upholding fellow believers. 
We have learned that loss can 
teach valuable lessons. 

The second verse of an old 
hymn sums up what God has 
done for us and we are most 

When through firey trials 

Thy pathway shall lie 

My grace all sufficient 

Shall be thy supply 

The flame shall not hurt thee 

I only design 

Thy dross to consume 

And thy gold to refine. O 



by Mrs. Jonathan (Linda) Hall 

Heights Grace Brethren Church 
Albuquerque, New Mexico 

I learned from my daughter Andrea that I can 
carefully plan the ways in which I will influence 
my daughters' spiritual growth, that the 
unplanned ways in which I behave in ordinary 
circumstances are molding their perception of the 
Lord. They are discovering what I really think 
about God during those times when I am not 
thinking about anything but accomplishing a task. 

Shortly after our new baby girl was born, I was 
trying to get everybody and everything home 
from prayer meeting one Wednesday evening 
when my husband, the pastor, needed to stay 
quite late. Every mother knows that a trip to 
church with two little ones requires 
approximately a week of preparation and packing 
of equipment, and that the result fits into a 
U-haul (or any other brand thereof). 

I ushered 3-year-old Andrea into the back seat 
and attached Christina into her intricate car seat, 
while temporarily using the roof of the car to 
hold the infant seat. Then the diaper bag and I 
got in, forgetting you know what. Even the clatter 
I heard while pulling out of the parking lot did 
nothing to jar my memory. I didn't realize that 
the chair was missing until I began the reverse 
procedure at home. 

Disgusted with myself after quickly figuring out 
what I had done, I drove all the way back. 
Evidently, a kind passer-by had placed the infant 
seat on the sidewalk by the church, where it 
rested comfortably in view of my oncoming 
headlights. I safely recovered it and casually 
mentioned to Andrea, "Jesus took care of it for 
us. We need to thank Him." And we did just that. 

Today at lunch, at least two and one half 
months later, Andrea was watching Christina in 
her seat. She pointed to the seat and pondered 
out loud, "God kept it from lossing." At her 
young age, she harbors in her heart the truth that 
all good things come from the Lord. 

Prayerfully, I neglect no opportunity to tell the 
girls that they are two of those good things. I 
frequently pray out loud, "Thank you, Jesus, for 
our precious Andrea. Thank you, Jesus, for our 
precious Christina." God made them and He 
loves them, and I want them to learn about that 
wonderful fact every day. O 

"You Are Very Special" 

WMC National Conference 


July 28-31 

Speaker: Mrs. Verna Birkey 

(author of the book to be used for 

our devotional programs for the 

coming year) 

Make plans to attend now! 



'*For the Cord 
^ratit; wisdom! 
Hi; every word 

i; a treasure of 
knowled^ and understanding. 


Sewing and Hand Projects 


For Africa: Bandages made from used sheets (white or 
colored) 2 inches wide and 7 yards long, rolled tight 
with end sewed; Baby kimonos (gift for new 

Camps: Cook's aprons, tea towels, pot holders 

Nursing Homes: Footie slippers, lap robes, tray favors 

Church Nursery: Soft toys, receiving blankets, bibs, 
smocks for workers. 

Church: Draperies, baptismal robes, choir robes. 

Navajo Mission: Children's pajamas, quilts (60" X 84") 
washable, knit or crocheted children's hats, 
mittens and scarves. 

College Students & Service Men: Candy, cookies 

Have good fellowship time making these and other 



by Roger Peugh 

Six hundred chairs had been 
set up in the local school 
gym. It was February 8, and 
the service was supposed to 
start at 10 a.m. By 9:45 no 
seats were left, and folks kept 
arriving. And arriving. Eight 
hundred and five people 
crowded into the gym. 

My how we wish it were 
like that every 
Sunday— people streaming 
from all directions to the 
place of worship! It isn't like 









that, but it did happen at 
least this one time, and who 
knows what our Cod will yet 

Apollo 15 Astronaut James 
Irwin was touring Germany 
during the first two weeks of 
February with the German 
Word of Life team. They 
came to aid us in reaching 
our city and area with the 

As soon as we learned they 
would be coming to Stuttgart, 
we challenged the 
congregation to pray for 
God's working. You see, it 
would be very easy to rely on 
good music and a world 
famous speaker to draw the 
crowds and to think that 
many would automatically 
follow Christ as a result. "Not 
by might nor by power [nor 
good music, nor famous 
preachers], but by my Spirit, 
says the Lord." So we prayed 
and worked. 

Three city newspapers 
carried previews of the 
meeting at no cost! We 
distributed 4,000 handbills in 

local mailboxes (ifs legal , 
here!) and used 1,000 more 
for personal invitations. 
Nearly 100 posters were 
displayed in local stores and 
schools. At 7 a.m. on the 
morning of the meeting, a 
group of 20 met to set up 
chairs and aid the team in 
arranging sound equipment. 
Everything hummed like a 
well-oiled Mercedes. 

We saw the faces of many 
we had invited— neighbors 
and friends from nearby and 
some from an hour's drive or 

An opening brass 
instrumental fanfare, a hymn, 
several songs from the Word 
of Life Quartet, and then Mr. 
Irwin shared how God had 
touched his life. He testified 
of Cod's grace and love 
similar to the way many of us 
have been reached by His 
Word, except most people 
have not had to go to the 
moon, like Mr. Irwin, to have 
Cod turn their lives around. 

Many people came just 
because they were curious. 

And they heard the challenge 
of a scientist to make the 
child-like commitment of their 
lives to Jesus Christ. Irwin 
confirmed that the attainment 
of the highest and greatest 
human dreams can never 
truly satisfy the heart of 

Many raised their hands at 
the close as an indication of 
Cod's working in hearts. The 
real proof, however, is in the 
months ahead, and this is 
where you come in. 

Pray with us as we contact 
people that Cod will open 
hearts. The advertisement was 
seen by many, and the press 
reports the next day were 
very positive. But all of this 
will result in the growth of our 
Lord's Church only as 
individuals, made curious and 
open through the Spirifs 
work, are reached— each 
one— with the Gospel. And 
they must personally accept 
it. We urgently ask you to 
pray with us for a spiritual 
awakening here in 
Stuttgart-for HIS glory! O 


A half hour before the start of the meeting, the gym was almost full. 

Special Offer 
A cassette tape of ttie memorable service 
Stuttgart, Germany, is available from FMS for 
$2.00. It includes lames Irwin's testimony 
(given in English, translated into German) and 
several music numbers (in German) by the 
Word of Life Quartet. Request your copy 
today: FMS AV Dept.. P.O. Box 588, Winona 
Lake, Indiana 46590. 

Dating and Marriage- 


by Linda Pfahler with Liia Sheely 

My house boy says he's 
getting married. Thafs great - 
I'm all for marriage! He's a 
nice guy. I like him and I 
hope he gets a good wife. 

Soon as he told me about it, 
1 began to wonder-who is 
she? Where did he find her? 
How did he decide she's the 
one for him? Or did he? I'd 
never even seen him with a 
girl. "Well, why not ask?" I 
said to myself. So I did. 

I thought it might be a bit 
embarrassing for him or 
maybe just a bit too personal, 
so I decided on a more 
"subtle" approach. An 
interview! He and a buddy. 
Two teenage guys. What do 
Central African teens do on a 
date? How do they choose a 
life mate? 

Right off the bat I ran into a 
snag. What is a "date" in 
Sango? The Central African 
language is what you might 
call "limited" on this subject. 
Well, when you get in that 
kind of a bind, you can 
always borrow a word from 
the French language. Many 
African teens know French. 
Second snag ... I didn't know 
the French word, either! I 


decided just to explain what I 
meant, using several words. 

". . . You know, if s when 
you see a girl who appeals to 
you and you'd like to get to 
know her better, so you take 
her out on some kind of a fun 
evening. Like a ballgame . . ." 

Blank expression. 

"To the market?" 

Blank expression. 

"To church, then!" 

Zero. They looked at me 
with the expression that says, 
"I don't understand you 
foreigners!" The whole thing 
sounded pretty suspicious to 

Then they began to explain 
to me romance (and related 
subjects) from the African 
point of view. 

When a guy in the C.A.R. 
sees a girl that appeals to 
him, he checks her out with a 
friend. Can she cook? Carry 
water? Pound grain into flour? 
Does she run around? Is she 
mouthy? If she checks out 
okay, the first step is 
proposal! There is no dating. 
(Saves money, right? Wrong.) 

I suppose the reason they 
don't date is that there would 
be no place to take a girl. 
Unless it would be to the 

local water hole to watch the 
women draw water, but that 
doesn't sound too exciting. Of 
course, there's always 
church— but the men sit on 
one side and the women on 
the other. 

So, no dating! They waste 
I no time and move right 
1 along. 

i Once he's picked the girl he 
.wants, the guy goes to her 
[and says, "Say, how about 
j being my wife?" If she agrees, 
I he tells his father that he has 
found the girl for him. "I want 
that one, Dad." 

Step two. The girl's father 
goes to see the guy's father. 
That begins a process that 
may take many months. Is 



this guy really what the girl's 
dad wants for a son-in-law? Is 
he good enough for his 
darling daughter? Can this 
prospective groom handle a 
hoe? Off to work he goes to 
be "tested" in the father-in- 
law's garden. 

At home the happy groom- 
to-be and his dad are 
gathering together pots and 
pans, sugar and tea, coffee. 

clothes, and $50.00 cash. All 
this for a special celebration 
of the two families. The date 
is set and the boy and his 
dad, with all their goodies, 
are off to the girl's house to 
"make the arrangement." 

At the evening of the 
celebration, a member of the 
girl's family gets up and gives 
a speech. A member of the 
guy's family does the same. 
Then someone very important 
in the girl's family asks the girl 
if she really wants this guy. If 
so, she says yes, opens a 
bottle of soda, pours glasses 
for herself and the guy, and 
they make a toast. Next the 
father of the groom gives the 
$50.00 and all the stuff they 

came with to the girl's 

Then the groom and father 
hold their breath! Now comes 
the moment for the father of 
the bride to tell everyone just 
how much the girl is going to 
cost. He states the dowry. It 
can be as much as a whole 
year's income or more! 

The guy returns home 
probably a bit depressed 

wondering how he is ever 
going to be able to afford this 
girl. He is required to work 
more in the father-in-law's 
garden. He has to build a 
house for his new wife and 
gather the money for the 
dowry. (That sometimes takes 

When all is done properly, 
the father brings the girl to 
the guy's father's house where 
she will "live in" and learn to 
cook. After all, she's got to 
learn to feed him like his 
mother did! Finally, she is 
taken to the guy's 
house— delivered to him as his 

At this time, as far as the 
"law of the village" is 
concerned, the marriage is 
official. She's been paid for 
and belongs to his family 
now. The couple may go 
ahead and have their 
marriage recognized by the 
government, so they can get 
an official marriage certificate, 
but that costs money. 

Then with this government 
paper in hand, they can have 
a church wedding, but that 
costs even more money. A 
big feast is always involved. 
Because of these additional 
expenses, most marriages are 
of the "village" variety. 

So that's what happens in 
the C.A.R. for a marriage to 
take place. No dating, but lots 
of procedures to go through. 
The two guys 1 talked to had 
a hard time understanding our 
method. I didn't tell them 
everything. They would 
probably shake their heads 
and even laugh at the 
"American way." 

I've been in Africa for awhile 
now. I've observed their 
ways. They're different from 
the American methods, yes. 
But when I keep hearing 
about all the broken homes in 
the States, I'm not at all 
convinced that "our ways" are 
better. O 


A Big -Headed Meeting 

by Carolyn Robinson 

"Are there many kids out 

"The zipper's broken on the 
king's robe!" 

"Ooohhh, I hope lots of 
children come so that the Hoyts 
can start a Sunday School soon." 

Excitedly, the young people 
from the Grace Brethren Church 
at Jose Marmol in Buenos Aires, 
Argentina, were preparing to 
present a muppet program in 

As they struggled to dress the 
big-headed puppets in their Old 
Testament costumes, their 
fingers fumbled. Their minds 
raced into the future, visualizing 
children from "closed" Roman 
Catholic homes finding Jesus 
Christ as Saviour and, along with 
parents and families, forming 
part of the Grace Brethren 
Church of Rosario. 

One by one, they slipped out 
from Solon Hoyf s study to peer 
through the kitchen window, 
counting the children out in front 
of the house. They all knew that 
this neighborhood had been 
difficult to reach with the Gospel 
of Christ. The people were 
friendly with the "foreigners," but 
their attendance at church 
services was a different matter. 
The Catholic priest, who lived on 
the next corner, had a full view 
of the "Local Evangelico." And 
you can be sure that he kept a 
head count of who entered and 

With still an hour yet before 
the 11:00 beginning time, they 
counted about ten children 
hanging around the garage and 
talking with Kathy and Michael 

"We need to hurry. We still 
have to practice 'The Fiery 
Furnace.' " 

"I've lost Shadrach's 

"No, here it is inside Aunt 
Daisy's sunhat. Oh, I hope they 
like iti" 

As the young men set up the 
frame, tape recorder, and 
loudspeakers, the girls finished 
dressing the puppets, 
interspersed with their short trips 
to the kitchen window. The 
excitement grew as each jaunt 
terminated in a larger total of 
children spotted. 

"Ah, at last. Lef s make sure 
that the/re all here. King 
Nebuchadnezzar, the Oldest 
Soothsayer, Second Soothsayer, 
Shadrach, Meshach, and 
Abednego (that name will get 
'em). Oh, I almost forgot the 
herald (that nose is too much). 
Now for Picaro the Little Lamb, 
Aunt Daisy Sheep, the Shepherd, 
the Chicken, and the Narrator. 

"Lets go see if the guys need 
any help." 

At last everything was ready, 
and the seven young peple were 
in their places behind the 
wooden frame in the doorway of 
the garage. No longer could the 
girls count the small bobbing 
heads on the other side of the 
green striped sheets used as 
stage curtains. (Those missionary 
chest items are put to many and 
varied uses!) 

Little did these young people 
imagine as they began preparing 
a muppet program in May of 
1980, that they would be invited 
to so many meetings and even 
to another city to serve their 
Lord in this unusual (for 
Argentina) ministry. On the team 
were Adriana and Ruben, a 
young engaged couple; Jorge, a 
24-year-old employee in the air 
conditioning department at La 
Bolsa, the equivalent of the Wall 
Street Stock Market; his sister 
Silvia, an employee at the 
National Bank of Buenos Aires; 
Chipi, a cashier at a large 
furniture and appliance store and 
evening student of interior 
decorating; Marcelo, a 15-year- 

old young Christian; and Maria, a 
missionary kid. 

The Lord has used these 
programs at the Jose Marmol 
Church to draw record numbers 
of children from the 
neighborhood to Sunday School 
services. And even though no 
direct decisions for Christ have 
been realized, interest has been 
created and new little faces have 
been seen quite regularly on 
Sunday mornings. 

When the Hoyts heard about it 
and interest grew, they invited 
the group to visit Rosario in 
preparation to begin a Sunday 
School there. All plans had been 
made for the puppet team to 
leave the church at 12:30 p.m. 
Saturday. The Robinsons were to 
pick up everybody with two cars 
and head immediately for Route 
9. But the Lord evidently had 
other plans. 

On Friday, Ralph Robinson and 
Earl Futch worked on the 
Peugeot, getting it ready for the 
trip. But about 5 p.m. when 
Ralph planned to leave the 
southern part of Buenos Aires to 
return home, the car refused to 
complete its part of the bargain! 

The Jose Marmol puppet team 

The motor wouldn't even turn 

Quickly, they looked up a 
mechanic who examined the 
engine without finding anything 
wrong. The car still wouldn't 
start. He promised to have it 
ready to roll the next morning at 
10, so Ralph returned home in 
the car that the Futches use— a 
small Dodge known as the 
"Lemon," although it is light blue 
in color. 

A bit afraid to trust the 
mechanic's word, Ralph picked 
up the Peugeot Saturday, and 
sure enough, it started right up. 

Everything was set. The 
Robinson boys stayed with the 
Futches, and the two cars 
breezed down the road toward 
Jose Marmol. 

Wouldn't you know it. As the 
Peugeot slowed to turn left, 
nearing the end of the stretch, it 

Another quick check-over with 
no clues as to why the Peugeot 
wouldn't start, the "Lemon," 
packed with the Robinsons and 
four squished young people, left 
for Rosano. Three more youths 
with Dona Rosa Rossetti, an old 
friend of the Hoyts and church 
member at Marmol, hurriedly 
boarded a long-distance bus, all 
en route to Rosario, three hours 
later than scheduled. 

Were these young people 
discouraged after beginning a 
trip in this manner? Hardly! In 
Argentina where inflation makes 
even renting an apartment for 
young married couples difficult 
(much less buying an 
automobile), a trip to Rosario 
especially with a purpose such as 
this one, wasn't an everyday 

The "Lemon" and crew arrived 
in time for the Rosario youth 
meeting. The remainder of the 
muppet team arrived just before 
the meeting ended and before 
Kathryn Hoyt served a delicious 
supper about 10 p.m., the 
normal Argentine supper hour. 

Continued on page 34. 

Mrs. Miriam Churchill 

Miriam Churchill faithfully 
served with Grace Brethren 
Foreign Missions for almost 32 
years. She went to be with her 
Lord on March 26, 1981, after a 
long bout with cancer. 

Miriam Sickel was born in 
Argentina to Dr. and Mrs. 
Clarence Sickel, veteran Brethren 
missionaries to that land. Miriam 
lived in Argentina until she was 
17 years old and received much 
of her education there. She 
finished high school in LaVerne, 
California, and studied at 
Westmont College from which 

she was graduated. 

After she married Jack Church! 
(while he was serving in the ' 
army), he, too, entered 
Westmont College. Following h 
graduation, the Churchills move: 
to Winona Lake, Indiana, and 
Jack entered Grace Seminary. H 
was graduated in the spring of 
1949, and in November of that 
same year they and their small 
son, Kenneth, sailed for 
Argentina as missionaries. For 
Miriam, their arrival was really . 

Charles and Margaret were 
added to the family during the 

Two Faithful Servants of Foreign Missions 

with the Lord 

Continued from page 33. 

But everybody made it. 

The next day about 20 pairs of 
eyes were intently fixed on those 
green striped sheets as the music 
began and the curtains parted 
revealing King Nebuchadnezzar 
in his purple and white robes. 
The program unfolded as the 
three children of Israel were cast 
into the fiery furnace to be 
marvelously protected from 
harm by the God of Israel. A 
beautiful testimony given to the 
king caused him to place his 
trust in the true Cod. 

Next, that wacky little herald 
with the long nose appeared, 
counted the children (by this 
time nearing 35), asked questions 
to test the understanding of the 
Bible story, and then along with 
his big-headed friends taught the 
children a song about Noah's 

"Would you children like to 
learn another story from the 


The stage displayed the story 

of the little lamb who grew up 
desiring to seek his fortune out 
in the big world. He didn't want 
to be considered a part of the 
fold, like all the other sheep, so 
he left and became lost and then 
trapped in the midst of a 
tremendous thunderstorm. 
Through the rescue of Picaro, 
the wayward and willful lamb, 
the message of Jesus Christ's 
unspeakable provision of 
salvation for all of us willful 
creatures was presented in vivid 
form to between 30 and 40 
children who had never before 
heard the plan of salvation. 

Ralph was supposed to preach 
at the evening service, but, you 
guessed it, about 40 of those 
children with their friends (even 
the three children from across 
the street whose mother had 
chased them into the house that 
morning as the puppets 
appeared) gathered in the 
driveway hoping for another 
glimpse of those big-headed 
darlings. Well, we couldn't 
disappoint them, could we? The 

program was repeated, and the 
adults were just as delighted as 
the children. 

What were the results of those 
meetings? How many decisions 
were made for Jesus Christ? Is 
the Sunday school now bursting 
at the seams? 

Only our Lord knows the 
results of the meetings. Even 
though the Sunday school 
doesn't have 30 or 40 children in 
attendance each Sunday, the 
youth group at Rosario has made 
its own set of muppets and is 
now working on taping 
programs. An enthusiasm is 
noted among these young 
people who now want to work 
with children. More are 
volunteering to teach children's 
classes, freeing missionaries for 
other ministries and broadening 
the scope of ministry of these 
Argentine Christians. 

These young people at Jose 
Marmol and Rosario have been 
given a missionary vision. Praise 
the Lord for the big-headed 
meeting! O 


irst term on the field. In 


December 1958, the family 

The family arrived in the U.S. in 

found it necessary to return to 

1965 for furlough and in 1966 

the States because of the serious 

joined the missionary staff on the 

physical condition of their fourth 

Mexican border. Since that time, 

child. The little one passed away 

the Churchills have resided in 

soon after their arrival in the 

the San Diego-Tijuana area. They 

states. After that, another 

are members of the North Long 

daughter, Sharon, and a son. 

Beach Grace Brethren Church. 

David, arrived and blessed the 

Miriam was a loyal follower of 


Jesus Christ. Her testimony 

For some years the Churchills 

radiated to those with whom she 

jvere stationed at Rio Tercero, 

came in contact. 

/vhere they were responsible for 

We thank and praise the Lord 

establishing a testimony. Miriam 

for her sacrificial dedication to 

lad varied duties of working 

foreign missions and, moreover, 

/vith women and aiding in other 

to the Lord. O 

Reflections on Dr. Homer A. 
Kent, Sr., excerpted from 
comments by Dr. Kenneth\ 
Asliman, secretary, Foreign 
Missionary Society Board, 
delivered at Dr. Kent's memorial 

Dr. Homer A. Kent, Sr. 

Around the world today there's 
multitude of missionaries, 
astors, lay workers, and 
sachers who have benefited 
■cm the wise counsel, love, and 
lirection of Dr. Homer A. Kent, 
r., who served for 48 years as a 
lember of the Board of Trustees 

of the Foreign Missionary Society 
of the Grace Brethren Church. 

For many years he was the 
secretary of the Board and 
would read the minutes at each 
session. He must have stayed up 
all night after the meetings, 
because the minutes were 
meticulously done and very 
accurate. He was not above 
embellishing them with some 
additional thoughts here and 
there. So, the reading of the 
minutes was informative, 
inspiring, and sometimes 
amusing. He also served many, 
many years as treasurer. 

He went through those early 
formative years of our Fellowship 
when we could have lost our 
missionary work— all of our 
mission fields— but he was a 
stabilizing and strong force 
during those transitional days. 

We found Dr. Kent to be a 
quiet man on the Board, but 
when he did speak, he spoke 
with a great deal of wisdom and 
good counsel, i remember that 
he would always ask very 
meaningful questions. For 
instance, when a candidate 
would leave the room after 
having been interviewed by the 
Board, Dr. Kent might ask: "Can 
the man preach?" or "Is she a 
good wife? Is their house in 
order? Do they have family 
control?" Questions such as 
these prodded the Board to 
serious thought about decisions 
to be made. 

He was not a pushover. He was 

not a "yes man" on the Board. 
LJpon occasion-sometimes all 
alone at first but later with 
unanimity because of his wisdom 
and persuasion-decisions that 
might otherwise have been 
made were not. In that respect, 
he was a great leader for us. 

Several times he suggested that 
he not be renominated for the 
Board. Though the Board never 
concurred, that was not the 
reason that kept him serving. 
Rather it was the comments of 
missionaries who expressed to 
him their appreciation for his 
ministry, for his understanding of 
them and love for them. 
Missionaries around the world 
loved Dr. Kent because he loved 
them. Frequently they came to 
him for counsel, good wisdom 
and help. 

When he declined 
renomination for the current 
election, he said, "I'm not 
through. I could still continue to 
serve on the Board, but ifs time 
that some younger men get in 
the harness as far as Brethren 
Foreign Missions is concerned." 
Indeed, Dr. Kent did serve till the 
very end. He did not miss a 
single session of the Board in the 
February mid-year meetings (less 
than one month before his 

He didn't retire from the Board 
because he was tired of the 
work or because he thought he 
no longer had anything to 
contribute; but in deference to 
men he probably has taught and 
influenced, he felt that others 
should be trained and become 

If I may personalize a verse in 
the Bible, Psalm 90:17, Dr. Kent 
could have had this as his prayer 
for his life: "Let the beauty of the 
Lord my God be upon me; and 
establish thou the work of my 
hands, establish thou it." And, if 
he had that as a prayer, those of 
us who knew him as associates 
on boards, staff members at 
schools, or just friends and 
acquaintances— we are ready to 
offer thanks to Cod; his prayer 
was fulfilled. He was a man 
whose works were great and 
whose works will follow him 
even until the Lord comes again. O 

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A few thoughts about 
"first class." 

We all react to the guy 
who goes first class in 
everything, sparing no 
expense, because it seems 
like lousy stewardship. But 
so is going third class or 
sixth class every time. 
Often churches save 
money on printing but also 
save the happy expense of 
entertaining visitors, 
because of the poor 
appearance. Notoriously 
some churches have 
reacted to treating the 
pastor in a first class way 
and therefore have always 
had fourth class 
relationships with him, or 
had him living in a 
frustrated financial position 
so he isn't free to preach 
his heart out! 

In the areas of people 
work and caring for the 
pastors and staff people 
and church leaders called 
by Cod to serve His 
church, lefs go first class! In 
a very special way. 

Lefs have churches that 
are known for neat and 
clean nurseries, and 
bathrooms that are 
sparkling always. 

Lefs yell to the world 
that we think church is so 
important that He comes 
first on our priority list. 
Lefs let visitors know how 
much we care by the way 
we welcome them, and the 
organized packet given to 
them, by greetings as well 
as the spontaneous love 
that is shown. 

I'm excited just thinking 
about it! 

I just walked into one of 
our GBC churches where 
this is done in a special 
way. That place was alive-l 
wanted to go back! 

I go back to one of them 
every Sunday and 
Wednesday and a lot in 

In many areas, a penny 
saved is a penny lost. A 
person lost. A lost person 
lost! O 

Growth has been the middle name a 
Los Catos Christian Church, which hac 
settled in at size 83 for a number of 
years before Marv Rickard became 

It grew through mutual struggle, har( 
work, and a Master's plan. Rickard is 
ever-seeking to decide on the basis of 
eternal matters. He refuses short-range 
short-sighted decisions or panic. 

Now the place buzzes a bit, with at- 
tendances around 3,400 in the Sunday 
school, over 5,000 in church, and a 
"baby church." (They delivered it by gi 
ing 700 members and a building worti 
1.5 million - now it is size 1,5001) 

The man is intent, with warmth, fillei 
with convincing aims. 

Three things stand out in Pastor 
Rickard's mind when speaking about tl 
church leader's qualifications; 

1. Conversion - really sure and in 

2. Wrestling — "I believe the pasto 
must have had a time of wrestii 
with the angel, of turning his life 
completely so his will is totally 

3. Hard Work. 

With a repeat of number 3: hard 

Pastor Rickard still does that one, 
trusting the Holy Spirit to guide and al 
use him carefully. "We may have 
reacted to excesses sometimes, and e 
eluded the Holy Spirit," he warns. 

Rickard served seven years as pastor 
before explosive growth happened. H 
scrambled many duties, a lot of visita- 
tion, and involvement in lives as well 
the Word. Now his hard work include 
directing a staff of 90, including the 
Christian school staff. 

That concept of a management tean 
with experts in many areas of ministry 
coordinated by a senior, became his 
dream for a church reaching many agi 
and filling many needs. 

"Most churches have a self-imposed 
ceiling over them," he notes. "They 
organize for status quo or refuse to 
believe or work for growth. 

"Our motivation is that people will I 
in heaven! Not just a matter of work. 

"Often churches do so many artificia 

for a Growing Church 

Christian ed, youth, and church g rowth ^^^^^ 

things," he told me. "We have Missouri 
•night, and everyone brings a friend from 
Missouri, or other temporary growth- 
getters. But Christ wants us to provide 
for solid, lasting growth." 
I It was hard for this church to get from 
100 to 300. And very hard to go from 
300 to 500. "After that we finally shifted 
.gears to organize for a large church, 
and growth kept coming." 

Known for their stirring music program 
as well as the pulpit, the church also 
has an athletic outreach that is out of 
sight! Usually over the left field fence — 
for the Softball and volleyball teams are 

They catch the feel of victory at the 
church, where quality, positive pro- 
grams present the Word with love. 

For everyone in our churches, this 
pastor of one of the very few churches 
in America of such size, listed these 
essentials for every church, any size: 

1 . Anticipate growth 

A church that breaks through barriers 
has a plan. "Where do your church 
leaders want it to be in five years?" 
Rickard wonders. 

You don't wait until you have a lot of 
young people to have a youth pastor — 
you get a youth pastor, a good one 
worth his weight — so you have a lot of 
young people! 

"If there are senior citizens around and 
you want to reach them, free someone 
to minister to them! He will help get 
them in." 

He encourages churches to anticipate 
room for growth — with multiple ser- 
vices, or building programs, or by bor- 
rowing other buildings. 

For a while the Los Catos church 
"bused people away!" They came to 
church and were taken to homes and 
lodges and halls for Sunday school, then 
brought back for worship. Now they are 
bused from parking lots one or two 
miles away, in 24 buses! 

2. Internal reorganization 

"Be willing to change anything except 
doctrine," Rickard advises. "Space 
rockets don't look like the earlier 

airplanes — and church organization for 
growth cannot look like previous plans." 

"In a small church, major decisions are 
often made by many and carried out by 
a few. In a larger church, major deci- 
sions are made by a few and carried 
out by many." 

He cautions against the common tug- 
of-war between the pastor and the 
church board or congregation. "Cod 
and the church have called the pastor 
to be the shepherd and leader, and he 
needs to be that!" 

3. Development of "churches" within 
the church 

Congregations or "churches" within 
the church are groups of up to 45 peo- 
ple who can relate to each other, who 
miss each other and show care. 

Many churches level off at 90 or 180, 
two very common barrier numbers. 
Often it is because there are not 
enough "adoption" congregations within 
the church. Rickard's church has shep- 
herding units which get together 
monthly. Churches can begin new adult 
Bible fellowships, organize new 
ministries, and assign tasks and group 

4. Quality produces quantity 

"Henrietta Mears said that first," and 
Rickard was impressed. "Whether ifs 
the youth work, or music, or Sunday 
evening sermon — make it be the best," 
he says. 

It shows at that church. Twelve buses 
are rented to use with the church's 
twelve buses to shuttle people from the 
parking lots. Policemen are hired to 
direct traffic off and on the highway. 
("One time a policeman directed a truck 
pulling a boat into the parking lot, a guy 
on the way to the lake!" he remembers 
with a smile.) 

The music at evening service goes 40 
minutes often — with warm, heart 
music. Quality staff produce. 

5. Pulpit ministry 

Recently this exciting church averaged 
2,400 on Sunday evenings for a series 
through Revelation - with overhead 

projection and notes given out. His ac- 
curate authority with warmth is intrigu- 
ing. I stayed with every minute of his 
speaking as well as the personal 
thoughts at breakfast. 

I kind of guess the people who ride 
the buses from parking lots to the ser- 
vices or who come at 4:30-5:00 to save 
seats for the evening service — I guess 
they recognize this man's strong heart 
for the pulpit. 

6. Bold decisions 

This warm guy went back over some 
of the really difificult decisions that they 
have made. Majors ones. Bold, to be 

I was challenged. I think he wanted 
that, because he's been daring people 
to believe God for all of his 21 years as 
pastor there. 

"Attempt the impossible," he 
challenges us. "Do things that mean 
Cod will have to work, or else it won't 

"It might be related to multiple ser- 
vices or even relocation or doing better 
ministries," he explained. 

He is convinced, as our CE statistics 
often show, that some churches often 
stay the same while waiting for "some- 
one" to make the bold decisions for 

Tuesday mornings this pastor meets 
with staff for fellowship and study. The 
eight main pastoral leaders also meet 
separately once a week to plan an 
agenda and have items for the larger 
family of staff to discuss and coordinate. 

This evangelical pastor is one of the 
leaders of Californians for Biblical 
Morality, a group parallel to the na- 
tional Moral Majority. His and the 
church's influence have also been felt in 
local debates and elections. 

Rickard ministers often to other 
pastors in conferences, often challeng- 
ing on the theme of the power and vi- 
sion of the growing early church ^ 
described in Acts. oj 

Then he goes back to Los Gatos and "^ 
to the hard but delightful work of _i 

growth. fA 

It's his middle name. O ^^i 

National Fellowship of Grace Brethren Men, Inc. 

"Faithful men, who shall be able to teach others also" 2 Timothy 2:2. 

A Ministry Opportunity 


by Pastor Mick Rockafellow 

Grace Brethren Church, 
Elizabethtown, Pennsylvania 

During the last several years it has been my 
privilege to share in the summer camping 
program of three districts within the Fellowship of 
Grace Brethren Churches. An observation that I 
have made over the years is the lack of men 
involved in this all-important ministry. This has 
been a key factor in not allowing the greatest 
potential of the camps to be realized. 

When asked to share an article in the Herald for 
the men in the Fellowship to read on this matter, 
I was very pleased. Due to my conviction that 
men are to be leaders whether it be the home, 
church or camp; whenever men "let down" or 
"sidestep" their leadership responsibilities, that 
specific area of ministry will suffer. Cod's work 
will not be as successful as it should be and the 
Lord will not be honored and glorified. 

Therefore, my challenge is for Grace Brethren 
men to seriously consider the specific avenue of 
Christian service, that of serving as a camp 
counselor in your district's summer camping 
program. Men, the needs are real and the 
opportunities are "knocking on your door"! 

In the last several years Christian camping has 

been on the increase. More and more we read 
and hear how the blessing of God has been upon 
Christian camps. Recently it was discovered by 
one mission board that about 80 percent of its 
personnel had made missionary commitments 
and decisions at a camp! This should help us 
"take notice" as to where a part of the action is in 
our Christian endeavors today. 

Christian camps are able to design a program, 
activities and curriculum that will minister to the 
total needs of the camper. Placed in a camp 
context, each camper can be developed in the 
areas of self-improvement and evaluation, 
relationships with others and one's relationship to 
Jesus Christ. This allows opportunities for the 
Gospel to be shared, as well as challenges in 
Christian growth and maturity and commitments 
for Christian service. 

Several of the districts are using fine camp 
facilities with beautiful locations. The food is 
super. Excellent campfire speakers and Bible 
teachers are invited to share in the program. With 
all of that we would conclude that the camp 
would be successful. Right? Well, not really! The 
most significant element in the program is the 
adult counselor. This person is the key. What this 
person will do in the course of the week's 
camping program cannot be overestimated. 

Serving as an adult counselor is no vacation. 
The truth is, its work! It becomes ministry in 
every sense of the word. You must be dedicated 
to meeting the needs of others, your time is not 
your own, others become more important than 
self, and you are in constant demand. If that 
sounds like an impossible challenge, please read 
on and discover some of the blessings and fruit 
from spending a week at camp. 

Imagine the joy and excitement when one of 
your boys prays with you to receive Jesus Christ 
as his personal Saviour! Think of the thrill to 
watch a cabin of boys unite together and become 
a functioning unit. If s special to have a camper 
share something they have learned, or a personal 
problem at home and ask you for your prayer 
support. Maybe of special encouragement would 
be on the last day when the campers ask, "Will 
you be our counselor next year?" You know that 
in the final analysis it has all been worth every 
minute of your time and every effort made to be 
at camp. O 

Initiates District Representative Ministry 

Grace Brethren Boys 

by Michael Ostrander 

The growth potential of an 
organization, whether business 
or church, is limited by the way 
in which its leadership handles 
the delegation of authority and 
responsibility. In Exodus 18, 
Moses learned that a "one man 
show" can only be carried so far 
before the foundation starts to 

In Grace Brethren Boys we are 
facing much the same situation. 
At one time it was possible for a 
national director to adequately 
meet the needs of all the local 
units. But we have grown 
beyond the point where this is 
still possible. There are simply 
too many units spread over too 
much geography for this to be 
feasible anymore. Our solution is 

Glenn Teeter presenting award to one of the boys at the Armagh Father-Son Banquet. 
Pastor Alan Clingan Is looking on. 

Pennsylvania. Glenn brings some 
pretty impressive credentials into 
this ministry, and this, coupled 
with his deep commitment to 
Grace Brethren Boys, makes him 
the logical choice for this pilot 
program. Since Glenn began this 
ministry last fall he has already 
helped start three brand new 
units and has an active ministry 
of counsel and encouragement 

Glenn Teeter sharing with Pastor Les Cotsamire and one of his men from 
Altoona Quniata), Pa., GBC. 

basically the same as that 
proposed by Jethro to Moses. 
Select capable men within each 
district and then train them so 
they will be able to meet the 
needs of the local units that are 
under their care. They, then, 
become extensions of the 
national ministry. 

A pilot program has been 
instituted in the West 
Pennsylvania District under the 
capable leadership of Glenn 
Teeter of Hollidaysburg, 

to the other units in the district. 
He has had an active part in 
challenging the churches of the 
district to increase their support 
of Grace Brethren Boys. He has 
also maintained an active 
schedule speaking at father-son 
banquets and other district 
activities. Somewhere in his 
schedule he finds time to put in 
a full week at the Appleton 
Paper Company in Roaring 
Springs, serve as commander of 
the GBB unit in the Vicksburg 

Grace Brethren Church, and 
meet the needs of his wife and 
three children. 

Grace Brethren Boys is 
committed to this District 
Representative concept. We 
believe that it is the only way we 
can successfully minister to the 
needs of the local GBB units. A 
training manual for these District 
Rep's has been written, and two 
slide-tape presentations have 
been developed for their use. At 
the present time we are in the 
process of locating and training 
the men that God has prepared 
for this important ministry. 

Please pray for us as we 
continue to expand and improve 
our areas of ministry to the local 
church. Grace Brethren Boys 
organization exists solely to help 
the local church reach and 
disciple their boys. O 

Behind every successful GBB leader is a 
wife who shares his 
commitment— Glenn's wK«, Ellen 

DDan Moeller is the new pastor of the Mill Run 
Grace Brethren Church, Westernport, Md. His ad- 
dress is 109 Kalbauigh St., Westernport, Md. 21562. 

D OPERATION BARNABAS teams are seeking to 
purchase, rent or borrow a large enclosed trailer for 
one or both teams this summer. They would be 
used to hold luggage and equipment. If you could 
help, please contact Ed Lewis of the GBC Christian 
Education Dept., P.O. Box 365, Winona Lake, Ind. 
46590. Phone: 219/267-6622. 

D Hawaii anyone? The Brethren Missionary Herald 
is planning a Hawaiian tour following national con- 
ference in California in 1982. Tentative dates are 
Aug. 6-16, 1982. Start saving now so you can enjoy 
a super experience . . . visiting the beautiful islands 
and sharing worship with the Brethren people 

Cleat li§ 

CHURCHILL, Mrs. lack (Miriam), March 26. She had served 
faithfully as a missionar-y for 32 years (see page 34 of this issue 
for more details), and was a member of the North Long Beach 
Brethren Church, Long Beach. Calif. David Miller, pastor. 

FINK. Mrs. Xina, 85, March 13. She was a faithful member of the 
Winona Lake Grace Brethren Church, Winona Lake, Ind., and 
was the mother of Dr. Paul Fink. Charles Ashman, pastor. 

HAIOET, Dale C, Dec. 30. Ellet Grace Brethren Church, Akron, 
Ohio Gerald Teeter, pastor. 

HARDIN, Maxine, a faithful deaconess and pillar of the faith at 
the Grace Brethren Church, Coleta, Calif. Louis Amundson, 

KAISER, Blanche, 87, Nov. 2. Grace Brethren Church, Everett, Pa. 
Homer Lingenfelter, pastor. 

KENT, Homer A., Sr., 82, March 5, faithful servant of the Lord. He 
served In the pastorate and also as a member of the faculty of 
Grace Schools until his retirement (see pages 15 and 35 of this 
issue for more details). He was a member of the Winona Lake 

Grace Brethren Church, Winona Lake, Ind. Pastor Charles 
Ashman, officiated at the memorial service. 

OVERMAN, Sally (Lingerifelter), 42, Dec. 24. Sally was the 
daughter of Pastor and Mrs. Homer Lingenfelter, who was serv- 
ing the Lord with her husband, James Overman, in Belieze, Cen- 
tral America. Memorial services were held at the Everett Grace 
Brethren Church, Everett, Pa., with her Uncle Galen Lingenfelter 
officiating, assisted by Kurt Miller and George Thomas. 

SHAVER, Beverly C, 54, Jan. 28, Grace Brethren Church, Fort 
Lauderdale, Fla. Charles Davis, pastor. 

THOMAS, William, 93, Nov. 26. Grace Brethren Church, Everett, 
Pa. He was the father of George "Tommy" Thomas, teacher of 
Adult Learning Time and lay preacher. Homer Lingenfelter, 

THOMPSON, Mrs. Bessie, Jan. 15. Grace Brethren Church, Long 
Beach, Calif. Dave Hocking, pastor. 


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these new families who join the Brethren Missionary Herald 
readership. A six-month subscription to the Herald is given to 
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supplied by the officiating minister. The church is billed for the 
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the same time as others from the church. 

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Lauderdale, Fla. 

Debbi Stern and Larry Bach, Sept. 12. Bellflower Brethren 

Church, Bellflower, Calif. 

Shirley Sepulveda and David Turner, Feb. 28. Bellflower Brethren 

Church, Bellflower, Calif. 

Annie Zambas and Kurt Zimmer, Jan. 3. Grace Brethren Church, 

Long Beach, Calif. 

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Beach, Calif. 

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Long Beach, Calif. 

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Long Beach, Calif. 

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ii^TA L k 



JUNE 1981 

Reflections By Still Waters 

Pulitzer Picked the Wrong Post 

Can You Believe Everything Vbu Read? 

by Charles W. Turner 

The Pulitzer Prize has been 
one of those honored traditions 
and held in high esteem by 
many people. But a few 
weeks ago it proved to have 
laid an enormous Easter egg. 
The prize was established by 
the will of Joseph Pulitzer, a 
gentlemen who sought to 
recognize outstanding work in 
the field of journalism, 
particularly in the area of the 
printed media. Columbia 
University serves as the agency 
and through a system of jury 
work the selections are made 
in different categories. 

Well, this year the unthink- 
able happened. The Washing- 
ton Post \N?i% awarded a Pulitzer 
Prize for a story that was 
fabricated by one of their 
young reporters. It was a 

story about an eight-year-old 
drug addict who was the 
figment of someone's imagi- 
nation. The Wall Street 
Journal reported doubts 
existed for some time about 
the story and it was chosen 
against the jury's wishes. It all 
turned into a comedy of errors 
and now the Pulitzer is not 
such a shiny prize and the 
Washington Post has indeed 
made a "capital" error. 

A poll reveals that only 50% 
of the population really 
believes that newspapers are 
dependable. The articles that 
tend to sell papers are fair 
game for the readers. The 
case of the "unnamed" source 
whereby a reporter can quote 
any source and not be held 
accountable for who said what, 

or whether it is accurate— is up 
for question again. 

News through the printed 
page and the Six O'clock News 
on TV is open to question as 
to its accuracy and what its 
purpose really is. After watch- 
ing the TV news each day you 
must come to the conclusion 
that it is all held together by 
ads for dental adhesives. The 
news is the part that fits 
around the 11 or 12 commer- 
cials you must watch! The 
media is having a problem 
deciding whether it is reporting 
news or trying to make news. 
At the present time making 
news is the object of most 
newscasts, which hopefully 
will result in a larger viewing 
audience. With an increased 
audience, the networks can get 
larger fees for commercials— 
their main purpose for existing. 

As you open the pages of 
God's Word, how refreshing it 
is to read such words as "it is 
written." Refreshing because 
of the fact that it is all so 
dependable and true when it 
bears the marks of the 
authentic. You can read and 
be certain that what you are 
reading is true and accurate. 
Whether the "source" is 
dependable is not in question 
when it comes to the Word of 
God. The Holy Spirit moved 
upon men and what they 
wrote was the breath and 
truth of God. Prophecies 
written thousands of years ago 
come to pass right on schedule 
and happen just exactly as 
God's Word states. 

The error in awarding this 
year's Pulitzer Prize is a classic 
example of mankind's ability 
to make mistakes. In contrast, 
we have the absolute accuracy 
of God's truth. And, to answer 
the question at the top of the 
page . . . you cannot believe 
everything you read, but you 
can trust the revealed truth of 
God's Word. ■ 


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Cover: An aerial view of the Grace College and Grace Theological 
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repcrted in the herald 

35 YEARS AGO-1946 

Rev. Arnold Kriegbaum, pastor of the Grace Brethren Church 
of Waterloo, Iowa, was reelected director of the Waterloo Youth for 
Christ. . . . Plans for the Eighth National Youth Conference at 
Winona Lake, Indiana, were announced. The cost was $13.00, and 
Leo Polman was the director. 

15 YEARS AGO-1966 

The Harmonaires of Grace College were headed East for a summer 
tour. Prof. Don Ogden led the team made up of Richard Dick, 
Sharon Malles, Carolyn Witzky and Barry Horn. . . . The Grace 
Brethren Church, Gallon, Ohio, entered their new facilities for the 
first time on Easter Sunday. 

5 YEARS AGO-1976 

Rev. and Mrs. Kenneth Ashman were presented a plaque in honor of 
30 years of ministry at Wooster, Ohio. . . . Steve Grill had been 
named "Teacher of the Year" at Grace Schools, and received the 
Alva J. McClain Award for excellence. 


Dear Readers, 

We at Winona Lake are looking forward to seeing many 
of you at national conference in July. National conference 
is a very special time of the year for Brethren people. It is a 
time of fellowship and blessing, a week filled with messages, 
missionaries, visits with pastors, and meetings of the 
Women's Missionary Council and Grace Brethren Men. So, 
plan on coming to Winona-the dates are July 25-31 .— CWT 

Editor, Charles W. Turner 
Managing Editor, Kenneth E. Herman 
Production Manager, Bruce Brickel 
Artist, Mary Jane Fretz 
Editorial Secretary, Omega Sandy 
Departmental Editors: 

Christian Education: 

Knute Larson, Ginny Toroian 

Foreign Missions: 

John W. Zielasko, Nora Macon 

Grace Brethren Boys: 

Mike Ostrander 

Grace Brethren Men: 

Harold Hollinger 

Grace Schools: 

Dr. Homer A. Kent, Jr., Don Cramer 

Home Missions: 

Dr. Lester E. Pifer, Brad Skiles 

Women's Missionary Council: 

Linda Hoke 


Volume 43 

Number 6 

June 198i 








Won — The Most Important Game 

On the Death of Chet Bitterman 

Mother Castor Has Her 16th Child 

Real Church Planting Takes Spiritual 


Making Jesus Lord in Anchorage, Alaska 


1981 GBC Christian Education and 


Hoping to Help 


Thank You, Lord, . . . Again 

You Are Very Special 

Special Seminar for Men 

Memo to Fellow Priests 

Pursuing Priorities 

Biblical Business 

S.W.A.T. Teams 

bmh features 

• Reflections By Still Waters • 
• BMH News Report 12 • A Herald Reprint 22 
• Guest Editorial 34 • Bible Crossword 39 • 
• NOW 40 • 



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by Carolyn Robinson 

Missionary to Argentina 

Mundialito! Do you believe 
what's happening? 

Yeah, I l<now it's time to rest. 
Believe me, I i<now! All you've 
done is sit under the bench waiting 
for me to be kicked out of the 
stadium or punctured so you can 
see the action. But listen. You 
know that guy they call Tito? He'i 
about 5'5", slim, and can outrun 
most anybody here. Well, I wantt 
tell you, there's something differer 

Nestor "Tito" Herrera 

Hi/ I'm Mundialito, one of the 
oldest soccer balls in the Buenos 
Aires, Argentina, area. I've known 
many, many interesting people in 
my life, but I recently heard about 
a remarkable change in one of the 
soccer players I 've worked for. One 
of the younger soccer balls on the 
field told me the story. Listen to 
his half of our conversation: 

he Most Important Game 

about the way he's playing today. 
He's even kicking me differently. 

No, I don't think he has a sore 
foot. It's nriore than that. 

Ah, now you rennember who he 
is. I knew you were an oldtimer, 
3Ut you mean to say you've been 
around ten years? Wow! 

Anyway, back to what I noticed 
today. This fellow, Tito, why he's 
laving a great day today. You 
know, his real name is Nestor 
Herrera, and he's playing like he 
was 20 instead of 34. When he 
300ts me, it's almost as if he likes 
me. He's treating the other players 
differently, too. He has altered his 
ways of getting me down to the 
Qther end of the field and caught in 
that horrible net trap. Ooooh, I 
don't like when that happens, 
because everybody starts yelling 
and jumping up and down. 

I know, I know. That's life 
when one is round, full of air, and 
has a beautiful cowhide skin. I'm 

going to try to get into the locker 
room after the game this afternoon. 
I'd sure like to know what's hap- 
pened to this guy. 

Mundialito! Mundialitol I did 
it! I found out what happened. 
You know that guy Carlos? 
Remember the one I told you 
about that got so mad a few weeks 
ago that he kicked my "Industria 
Argentina" right off my side? Well, 
Tito explained to Carlos why he's 
changed. I just couldn't help but 
eavesdrop. After all, I deserve to 
know, too. 

Tito claims that somebody 
knocked on his door and then 
changed his life. 

You see, he said that even 
though he had studied carpentry, 
he was more attracted to soccer. 
So for years he played semi-pro 
soccer, making money in what he • 
figured was an easy way. Everybody 
treated him like somebody special, 
his picture appeared in the news- 

paper a lot, so his pay was doubled. 
Why should he ever want to be a 
carpenter again? It was hard work, 
and who would ever know you or 
treat you like a star? 

But after a while, the money 
went faster than it arrived, the fame 
dulled, and the friends were around 
only until the money was spent. 
About that time things at home 
were going bad, too. The money 
just didn't reach. 

So Tito went back to carpentry, 
working for someone else. For 
years he dreamed of having his own 
carpenter shop, being his own boss. 
He began buying machines a few at 
a time. And in 1980, his dream was 
realized. He and his brother rented 
a shop, moved all the machines 
they had been able to buy, and 
started working on their own. He 
was his own boss, at last! 

Sounds great, doesn't it? Work 
when you want to, go home in the 
middle of the day if you want to. 


and even play soccer every week 
with the gang! But he stated some- 
thing strange about that time in his 
life. He said his life was empty like 
a hollow tree trunk. His wife's, too. 

Mundialito, let me ask you 
something. How can your life be 
empty with three little kids around 
the house? He showed us a picture 
of them— Noelia, 5 years old with 
big brown eyes; Ignacia, 3 years old 
with bigger brown eyes (his busy 
little feet and hands were partially 
blurred in the photo); and 
Rodrigo, 1 year old and learning 
all the tricks of the other two, as 
Tito said. And there's another little 
one to arrive any day. I would like 
to meet his wife, Elvira. Carlos 
seemed to think she's pretty special, 

But back to the someone who 
knocked on his door. Tito says he 
grew up in the Roman Catholic 
church (didn't we all?) and was an 
altar boy. The church was impor- 
tant to him. He always attended 
and was married in the church. 
Each baby was baptized in the 

Just before he moved into the 
new carpenter shop, Elvira started 
sending the two oldest children to a 
church not far from the house. 
Some good neighbors had gone to 
the church for years, and Elvira had 
even attended Sunday School there 
as a child. Tito didn't worry about 
sending his children, because they 
went with a neighbor who was a 
schoolteacher and was known for 

her loving treatment of children. 

But then one evening the pastor 
and his wife came to the house. At 
first Tito was a bit cautious, but 
Elvira introduced them, and they 
seemed all right. The pastor and his 
wife talked with a strange accent, 
but Tito understood them. They 
invited him and Elvira to the 
church the next weekend— some- 
thing about special meetings. 
Tito wasn't too sure about going. 
After all, it was an evangelical 
church, and he had never gone to 
one before. 

Well, the next weekend came 
and Tito was busy working at the 
shop. So much to do! How come 
there were never enough days in the 
week? Elvira planned to go on 
Saturday night, but Tito worked 
late and there was no one to look 
after the kids. 

Sunday night Elvira made sure 
that Tito got home to watch the 
children, and she went to church. 
When she came home she didn't say 
much, but something about her was 
different. She began reading her 
Bible every day. The Bible had 
been given to her years ago by the 

Tito wondered what the Bible 
said that made Elvira keep reading 
it. He decided he would find out. 
He began to take it to work with 
him and read it after lunch each 
day. Sure enough, something began 
happening inside Tito, too, and the 
next Sunday he decided he would 
see for himself what that church 

The Herrera Family 

Tito and Elvira 
celebrating their marriage- 

was like. 

Ten o'clock Sunday morning 
found Tito and the two oldest 
children in the "Iglesia de los 
Hermanos de Jose Marmol" (the 
Jose Marmol Grace Brethren 

Tito asked the neighbors for 
books to read. He wanted to know 
more about the Bible and about the 
new life available through Jesus 
Christ. Within three weeks, Tito, 
like Elvira, scored a goal in the 
most important game of his life— he 
accepted Jesus Christ as his personal 

What a great goal ! He says he 
was taken from darkness and now 
walks in light. I never heard a 
player say that after a soccer game. 
Tito says he has eternal life now, 
and his face shines when he talks 
about it. 

You know, Mundialito, I even 
heard Tito say that his carpenter 
shop isn't important anymore. He 
talks about wanting to serve his 
Lord. He wants to study again and 
learn more about the Bible and 
about Christ, his Saviour. He even 
talks about preaching someday! 

Mundialito, it makes me wish I 
had something more inside this old 
cowhide and could be happy like 
Tito! His life has really changed, 
and it shows! ■ 

Grace Brethren Foreign Missions 

at National Conference, 

Winona Lal<e, Indiana, 

July 25-31, 1981 




Ralph and Carolyn Robinson 

Brazil (North): 

George and Evelyn Johnson 


Larry and Vicki DeArmey 
Tex and Betsy Hudson 

Central African Republic: 

Don and Betty Hocking 
Howard and June Immel 
George and Jane Peters 
Marian Thurston 
Bill and Donna Walker 


Central African Republic: 

Joyce Deacon 
Nancy McMunn 


Bob and Lois Belohlavek 
Les and Ruth Vnasdale 


Ike and Nancy Graham 

North Brazil: 

Dan and Grace Pettman 

South Brazil: 

Dan and Nancy Green 

Spanish-speaking country: 

Tom and Susan Sharp 


Missions Rally, Sunday, July 26, 2:30 p.m. 

Featuring Foreign and Home missionaries at tlie 
Rodeheaver Auditorium 

Foreign Missions Day, Tuesday, July 28 

Corporation Meeting, 8:00 a.m., Rodeheaver 

Lunclieon, 1 :00 p.m., Winona Hotel (by 
reservation only) 

For reservations, send $5.25 for each person 

to P.O. Box 588, Winona Lake, IN 46590. 

Reservations will not be honored without 


Wall< to the Residence, 3:30 p.m. 

See the new Missionary Fiesidence under 

Challenge Hour, 7:30 p.m., Rodeheaver 


The Commissioning Service for new mission- 
aries will be a part of this evening's program. 

Missionary Speaker, Thursday, July 30 

Dr. Donald Hocking will be speaking during the 
Morning Bible Hour at the Rodeheaver 


Plus a couple from our church in 
Macon, France! 

Gerard and Dominique Maldonado 



g On the Death of Chel 

by Don Richardson 

There is little doubt that the young intellectuals 
who l<illed Chet Bitterman were motivated primarily 
by Marxist and/or national ideologies. Many fear, 
however, that certain well-meaning members of the 
anthropological discipline in Europe and the 
Americas have unwittingly encouraged this and other 
related acts of violence by spreading, especially in 
Colombia, a spirit of suspicion and antagonism 
toward Christian missionaries. They have done this 
through films, books, lectures, personal contacts, and 
official condemnations in world-level anthropological 
conferences. For example . . . 


1. A British anthropological team recently 
requested Wycliffe Bible Translator's Colombian 
branch to assist in the production of a film about 
Colombian Indians. Wycliffe personnel responded in 
good faith on the understanding that the film would 
be used to arouse public concern for tribal minorities 
in Latin America. By selective filming and editing, 
however, the anthropologists converted the film into 
a condemnation of the very missionaries who helped 
to produce it. They entitled it "The War of the 
Gods." In addition to its worldwide distribution, 
"The War of the Gods" was shown hundreds of times 
before large numbers of Colombians and tourists in 
Bogota's Gold Museum. There is a strong possibility 
that it has added anti-missionary feeling to local 
hostilities which originally were only political in 


2. During the 1970s, French anthropologist Robert 
Jaulin, through personal contacts in Colombia and 
elsewhere, began voicing strong complaints against a 
young American missionary named Bruce Olson (not 
a member of Wycliffe Bible Translators). Swedish 
anthropologist Lars Persson repeated Jaulin's 
accusations against Olson through the media in 
Scandinavia. The charges were so serious that 
journalist Andres Kung flew all the way to Colombia 
to investigate them. With the exception of a few 
comparatively minor details, Kung found Jaulin's 
charges to be false. He published his investigation in 
the form of a book called Bruce. Before publication, 
Kung presented the manuscript to Persson. Persson 
responded with a written retraction of the charges he 
had repeated, and gave Kung permission to publish 


his apology with the manuscript. Persson's retraction 
reads as follows: 
Dear Andres: 

It has been both interesting and enlightening 
to read the manuscript. ... It remains only to 
say that I am sorry for being so quick to slander 
and generalize. . . . Even though I must 
apologize, I am happy to be able to do so, since 
it means that the situation at least for one 
Indian culture is full of more hope and light 
than it was assumed. I am also happy because 
new aspects have come into the debate about 
Indians, genocide, missionaries, and anthro- 
pologists. There remain many questions around 
the good, or at least better, Bruce Olson, and 
perhaps more will be said about that later. And 
anyway, why should he be perfect, not even I 
am . . . 

—from the prepublication manuscript of Bruce, 
Englisfi edition, by Andres Kung. Fleleased in 
April 1981 by Christian Herald Publications, 
Chappaqua, New York. 

Thankfully, Persson's retraction has helped to 
clear the air in Scandinavia. Jaulin's charges, however! 
originated not in Scandinavia but in Colombia, the 
land where some of Chet Bitterman's colleagues— and ' 
even, according to latest reports, their children-are 
still being threatened. Those false charges desperately 
need to be retracted in Colombia before young 
radicals use them as justification for further violence 
against missionaries! 


3. Sadly, in the absence of the kind of objective 
research and dialogue which occurred between 
Persson and Kung, animosity among anthropologists 
keeps rising. It is manifested not only in films, books 
lectures and personal contacts with young intellectual 
worldwide, but also through the recent spate of 
missionary -condemning resolutions passed in anthro- 
pological conferences-the two Barbados Conferences 
(sponsored by the World Council of Churches), and 
the conferences in Paris, September, 1976; Vancouver 
August, 1979; and Merida, Mexico, fall, 1980. Some 
of the above resolutions actually call upon govern- 
ments to halt missionary work over wide areas of the 


4. At the Paris conference, a fair-minded Brazilian 
anthropologist named Darcy Ribeiro invited a 
missionary with an M.A. in Linguistics to present a 
paper in defense of mission work. When she stood up 
to speak, not-so-fair-minded anthropologists raised ar 


uproar to prevent her from being heard. She waited 
patiently for 10 minutes until the uproar subsided, 
and then delivered her paper. But men who had 
taken such a strong position could not lose face by 
allowing one paper to change their minds; so they 
passed their condemnatory resolution anyway. 


5. Missionaries in Colombia are perplexed by an 
amazing phenomenon. First an article critical of 
them appears in a Colombian newspaper, authored 
usually by an anthropologist. Then, a week or two 
later they learn that the same article has appeared in 
newspapers in India, Egypt, other parts of Africa, 
and who knows where else. One Colombian mission- 
ary said to me, "Who is coordinating this?" 


ONE: First, not all anthropological criticism of 
missionaries has been unjustified. Most missionaries 
take the criticism seriously and take a close look at 
their ministries for the glory of God among various 
peoples. But even when they respond positively, the 
criticism continues. It's like a machine whose on/off 
switch is soldered in the "on" position. 

TWO: We are concerned because the worldwide 
expansion of the other major religions and Com- 
munism arouses no objection from our detractors. 
Those who protest vehemently if a missionary gives a 
steel tool to a stone-age tribesman— who wants it 
desperately and will get it from other sources if he 
has to— seem undisturbed by, for example. Com- 
munist-inspired culture destruction through Mao's 
Cultural Revolution. An immense number of priceless 
objects of art were destroyed. Ancient Chinese tradi- 
tions, such as respect for elders by the young— were 
violated on a colossal scale. It should be called the 
ANTI-cultural revolution. But anthropologists never 
write books or produce films condemning Inter- 
national Communism as a culture-destroying 
movement. Why not? 

THREE: The much-abhorred "westernization" of 
the world's remaining indigenous cultures is no longer 
in western hands, let alone missionary hands! That 
process is almost exclusively in the hands of Japanese 
^entrepeneurs, Chinese businessmen, Malayan, Indian 
|or African merchants. They are introducing western 
I clothing styles, music, technology, architecture, and 
[diet all over the world. And they outnumber mission- 
'aries by a factor of several thousand to one! Yet 
missionaries are the only ones anthropologists blame 
for "westernization" of indigenous peoples! Even 
many remote tribes that have never been touched by 

missionary influence have Sanyo transistors and Tiger 
Brand flashlights from China! 

We are increasingly convinced that anthropological 
antagonism toward missionaries (sometimes accom- 
panied by ridicule of Christian students in university 
classrooms) is not a reason process, but an obsession. 

FOUR: Looking back into history, we find that 
Christianity was originally part of Judaism. What 
caused the separation? Two Apostles— Paul and 
Barnabas— insisted that the Gospel of Christ must be 
imparted in a manner that brings a minimum of 
culture change to other peoples! They refused to 
demand circumcision and adherence to other aspects 
of Jewish culture on the part of Gentile converts! In 
time, other apostles agreed with this new way of 
presenting the Gospel, and the separation of 
Christianity from Judaism became inevitable. Main- 
taining an attitude of respect for other peoples' 
cultures, then, was a founding principle of Christian- 
ity! Ever since, Christianity— with the exception of a 
few sects and orders— has required far fewer changes 
in diet and dress code than any other religion. 

Among the Dani of New Guinea, for example, 
modesty was defined as covering one's middle with a 
gourd or grass skirt. I have personally observed that 
Christian missionaries in New Guinea fully accepted 
the Dani definition of modesty. I have seen hundreds 
of Dani leaders of beautifully indigenous churches 
leading church services with only a gourd covering 
their genitals! Missionaries present showed not the 
slightest sign of displeasure. Demand for clothing is 
now rising through the actions of Indonesian traders 
and official "clothe-the-natives" projects such as 
"Operation Koteka." 

FIVE: Those who bemoan the westernization of 
other peoples often meet with an unexpected rebuff 
from the peoples themselves: "What makes you 
westerners think all these good things come only 
from you? And who are you to decide on our behalf 
that we should not change our life style? You are 
constantly changing your own life style, and so may 
we. We want to know the options this world offers. 
And we reserve the right to choose for ourselves what 
we find to be good!" 

SIX: And an incredible number of peoples around 
the world are accepting the Christian gospel as one 
of the world's better options. Many affirm it 
emphatically as the Z>esr option. Some even declare 
it is the only option to anarchy or oppression. 
Christendom, by the latest computer estimates at 
Project Daystar in Nairobi, is now gaining approxi- 
mately 63,000 new adherents per day and 1 ,600 new 
churches per week! Amazingly, two-thirds to three- 

(Continued on page 1 1) 

by Rosella Cochran 

Over 400 people gathered under 
the shade of the big mango trees in 
a large open area of a residential 
district near downtown Bangui, 
Central African Republic. It was 
Sunday, February 16, 1981. 

The occasion? The birth of the 
Castor Church's sixteenth offspring. 
It was an occasion that had its 
inception months before. That first 
Sunday morning service will be 
remembered as a joyous occasion. 

The "baby's" name? The 
Saidou (pronounced Sa-ee-doo) 

The choir was on loan from the 
mother church. The members were 
well-prepared. They sang in French 
the very familiar tune and words, 
"Blessed be the Name, blessed be 
the Name, blessed be the name of 
the Lord." Other songs were sung 
by the choir and by the congre- 
gation. The offering was taken, 
then Pastor Noel Gaiwaka stood, 
opened his Bible, and in his gentle 
and quiet manner, delivered the 
message of the morning. 

His message was based on Mark 
6:35-52. Jesus performed a miracle 

Pastor Noel (seated) poses with 
three of the church leaders: 

Deacons Jean-Pierre Mbaya and 
Joseph Ngonguia explain the 

pose, "We are welded together 
for this work." 



Has Her 



that was witnessed by 5,000 men, 
plus women and children. Then the 
people started home, some by road 
and some across the water. Jesus 
went up on the mountain to pray. 

Night fell. A strong wind came 
up, and Jesus saw how the frail 
little ships were struggling against 
the wind and the waves. He went 
to them, walking on the water. The 
people thought they were seeing 
some sort of spirit and, of course, 
were frightened. Immediately 
Christ spoke to calm their fears. 

"Be of good cheer," He said. "It 
is I, be not afraid." 

He got into the ship. The wind 
died down and all was calm. The 
people were amazed, but all too 
soon they forgot the miracle they 
had just witnessed. Their hearts 
were hardened. 

"The winds will come," Pastor 
Noel assured the group, "but 
storms don't last forever." 

The growth of the Brethren 
churches in Bangui has been 
miraculous. There have been con- 
trary winds, and without doubt 
there will be more. Pastor Noel 
speaks from experience, both with 
regard to miracles and to the con- 

ight: Pastor Noel preaches 

to the crowd seated near 

he framework of the new 

church building. 

Below: The choir waits 

for the service to begin. 

trary winds. But he has also seen 
the power of God that stills the 
winds and the waves. 

Pastor Noel constantly breaks 
the Bread of Life to the multitudes 
in Bangui. For several weeks at a 
time he and other pastors go out 
every afternoon to preach in the 
different precincts. All Christians 
are urged to be "fishers of men." 
Every Saturday at 5 a.m. the 
pastors— missionaries and nationals- 
meet for prayer. At least once a 
week the deacons, pastors, and 
other leaders of the Castor church 
have a meeting. They plan and 

Someday offspring number 17 
will be born. Where? When? The 
Lord knows. He is building His 
Church. ■ 

(Continued from page 9j 

quarters of that phenomenal growth is happening in 
so-called third world countries through the initiative 
of third world Christians themselves! Missionary 
work, then, has generally found an incredible degree 
of receptivity among people of other cultures. If 
missionary work was detrimental to those peoples 
they would soon reject the missionaries on their own. 
Even seemingly unsophisti':ated peoples are perfectly 
capable of saying "NO!"-as even many anthro- 
pologists have discovered. 

SEVEN: Anthropologists have failed to appreciate 
the fact that 90 percent or more of the world's folk 
religions contain lingering memories of a supreme 
God who once commanded the allegiance of their 
forefathers, but has been left without advocates in 
their midst for a very long time. Thus it has made 
sense to people of many folk religions that advocates 
of that supreme God should one day arrive to call 
them back to a right relationship with Him! I have 
documented several examples of peoples who were 
thus phenomenally prepared for the Christian Gospel 
in my latest book, Eternity in Ttteir Hearts, to be 
released in June 1981. Missionaries down through 
history have followed the apostles' lead in this matter. 
Just as the apostles identified Plato's Ttieos with the 
Jewish Elohiim, and his logos with Jesus Christ, so 
also later generations of missionaries acknowledged 
Him as Deus among the Romans, Gott among 
Germanic tribes, l-iodahi among the Persians, and so 

It is this kind of amazing preparedness that has 
made many cultures ten times more willing to receive 
the Gospel than we Christians have been to take it to 

EIGHT: Christianity's tradition of reaching out 
to people of non-Christian cultures is part of a 4000- 
year-old historical imperative. Four thousand years? 
Yes! The apostles consistently identified their 
missionary zeal with the bottom line of God's promise 
to Abraham, dated about 2000 B.C. What was the 
bottom line? "All peoples on earth will be blessed 
through you and your offspring" (Gen. 28:14). The 
promise was so important to God that He even bound 
Himself by an oath to fulfill it (Gen. 22:17)! 

I submit to anthropologists who dislike mission- 
aries that people who see themselves as fitting into a 
4000-year-old historical perspective will not give up 
easily. Rather than continuing your present world- 
wide "full court press" against them, why not follow 
the advice of a Jewish scholar named Gamaliel, who 
said: "Leave these men alone! Let them go! For if 
their purpose or activity is of human origin, it will 
fail. But if it is from God, you will not be able to 
stop these men; you will only find yourselves fighting 
against God" (Acts 5:38-39). ■ 

This article by Don Richardson is reprinted by permission of 
Mission Frontiers (April 19811. Mr. Richardson is an author, 
former missionary to the Netherlands New Guinea, and is 
director of Tribal Peoples Studies at William Carey Inter- 
national University, Pasadena, California. 

From the Fellowship of Grace Brethren Churches 

DChaplain John Schumacher has returned to the 
States and is now Staff Chaplain for the 7th In- 
fantry Division at Camp Fort Ord (Calif.). He was 
decorated with the Meritorious Service Medal (2nd 
award) for his service while serving in Korea. He is 
rejoicing in the evidences of the miracles of God's 
grace as he baptized 30 people and saw the chapel 
grow from about 180 to close to 400 before re- 
turning to this country. 

D PASTORAL POTPOURRI-William Schaffer has 
resigned as pastor of the Camden, Ohio, Grace 
Brethren Church due to failing eyesight. He is con- 
cluding almost 54 years in the Christian ministry. He 
presently plans to make his home with a son in 
Washington state. His address will be 402 S.E. 6th 
Ave., Auburn, Wash. 98002 (Change your Annual). 
•Kenneth Koontz has resigned as pastor of the Pike 
Grace Brethren Church of Mundy's Corner, Pa., and is 
looking to the Lord for his next place of ministry. • 
Jack Peters, Jr., has resigned as pastor of the North 
Lauderdale, Fla., church. 'John Diaz is leaving Okee- 
chobee, Fla., to serve as a chaplain in the Navy. • 
Arthur Burk, oldest son of Missionary Bill Burk, was 
licensed to the Brethren ministry at Anaheim, Calif., 
on April 26. Dr. George Peek was the speaker for the 
occasion. 'M. Lee Myers is now serving as pastor at 
Englewood (Ohio) Grace Brethren Church. "Herman 
Koontz has started one more church in Florida 
(Orange City). "Jim Poyner had 140 in attendance at 
his new church in Port Ritchie, Fla. "Kurt Miller has 
resigned at Richmond, Va., to become associate to 
Homer Lingenfelter at Everett, Pa. 'Lee Dice and his 
associate at Dillsburg, Pa., are beginning a new church 
at Gettysburg, Pa. 'East Side Grace Brethren Church 
of Columbus, Ohio, is sponsoring a new church at 
Lancaster, Ohio. "Duke Wallace of the Woodville 
Grace Brethren Church, Mansfield, Ohio, is beginning 
a new work in Ontario, Ohio. -Richard Cron has 
moved to 15352 Goodhue St., Whittier, Calif. 90604 
(Change your Annual). 

DThe Northwest District has exciting plans for its 
conference next month which is to be held in Alaska. 
Delegates will be flying to the conference and Pastor 
James Custer (Columbus, Ohio) will be the speaker 
for the sessions to be held in Anchorage and Kenai. 
Among other good things, there will be tours, travel, 
a communion service in Kenai, and a midnight salmon 

DThe Southern California-Arizona District Confer- 
ence concentrated on Evangelism and Missions as 
their theme, under the title of "Reaching the World." 
It was held at the Whittier Community Grace Breth- 
ren Church with the special speakers as follows; Mod- 
erator Milvan Yerkovich (pastor of the Saddleback 
Valley Grace Brethren Church, Mission Viejo, Calif.), 
Dr. Robert Thompson (western field secretary of 
Brethren Home Missions Council), and Rev. Jesse 
Deloe (director of Church Relations, Foreign Mission- 
ary Society of the Brethren Church). 

DATTENTION! National ministerial lists and 
dues are to be sent to the Executive Secretary Ralph 
Colburn as soon as possible. At the time of your dis- 
trict conferences you should have an approved list of 
all your district elders which should be sent to the 
executive secretary, along with the dues for the cur- 
rent year. Your cooperation will be greatly appre- 
ciated by Mr. Colburn. 

DAttention church treasurers and financial secre- 
taries: Order your 1982 church offering envelopes 
now and save money! The Herald Bookstore will send 
samples and quote prices. For prompt, efficient serv- 
ice, and competitive prices, write: Herald Bookstore, 
P.O. Box 544, Winona Lake, Ind. 46590; or phone 
toll-free: 800-348-2756 (all states except Indiana, 
Hawaii and Alaska). 


Death notices must be submitted in writing by the pastor, 

CORBETT. George T. "Pap," 72, IVlarch 25. He was a faith- 
ful member of the Calvary Grace Brethren Church, Hagers- 
town, Md. Curtis Stroman, pastor. 

EMMONS. Mrs. Edith Mabel, 91 , March 1 9. She was a faithful 
member of the Brethren Church for over 50 years. She also 
served as an intermediate superintendent of the Sunday 
school (Frank and Marjorie Coburn were two of her students) 
of the Community Brethren Church of Los Angeles, Calif. 
Frank Coburn, pastor. 

FOSTER, Thomas B., 59, June 1 (1980). He was a member 
of the Bellflower Brethren Church, Bellflower, Calif. Edwin 
Cashman, pastor. 

KINGSBURY, Virginia, March 29. She was a faithful mem- 
ber of the Grace Brethren Church, Lanham, Md. She also 
served in the nursery for 30 years while the church was 
located in Washington, D.C. Russell Ogden, pastor. 

LEVERING, Julius, Feb. 5. Grace Brethren Church, Long 
Beach, Calif. Dave Hocking, pastor. 

LOWE, Curtis. December 21 (1980). The memorial serv- 
ice was conducted by Pastor Kenneth Ashman, Wooster, 

MISTRETTA, Tom. 37, March 9. He was a member of the 
Bellflower Brethren Church, Bellflower, Calif. Edwin 
Cashman, pastor. 

NONEMAKER, Martha. 85, Feb. 18. Grace Brethren Church, 
Everett, Pa. She was a faithful member of the church for 
many years. Homer Lingenfelter, pastor. 

STATON, Mrs. Love (Effie). March 24, First Brethren 
Church, Buena Vista, Va. Lester Kennedy, pastor. 
TRUJILLO. Lee, April 16. He was a retired Navajo pastor 
and served with our Brethren Navajo Mission for many years. 
Rev. Evan Adams, former superintendent of the Mission, 
had the memorial service on Easter Monday. 
WOLFORD. Mrs. Laura L., 75, March 26. She was a mem- 
ber of the Grace Brethren Church of Danville, Ohio. Arthur 
Collins, pastor. 

YOUNG. Robert. Feb. 2. Grace Brethren Church, 
Beach, Calif. Dave Hocking, pastor. 







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P.O Box 544, Winona Uke. IN 46590 

Johnstown, Pa. Riverside Church 
Marl<s Anniversary, Breal<s Ground 

On May 17, the Riverside Grace Brethren Church, 
Johnstown, Pa., celebrated its twenty-fifth year at its 
present location and also broke ground for a new 
church complex on a site along Route 403, near 
Davidsville. Pa. 

The original church, established in 1950, was be- 
gun with a membership of 17 by a group of laymen 
who purchased a house and had it moved and com- 
pletely renovated. Rev. Ralph Hall was called to be 
the first pastor. The attendance grew until the re- 
modeled house was no longer adequate to accommo- 
date the Sunday school. In 1955, ground was broken 
for a new church building. Pastor Hall drew the plans 
and headed the building committee. On Christmas of 
that year the first services were held in the new 
building. In 1956 Rev. Bruce Baker was called to 
pastor the church. 

A new addition was added to the church and dedi- 
cated in 1973, under our present pastor, H. Don 
Rough. The attendance has been growing and 
averages between 450-475 people in the morning 
worship services. The growth of the church with its 
various ministries has again made it necessary to 
acquire a larger facility. 

The church has many outreach ministries. Along 
with the special programs for the children and youth, 
the church started the Riverside Christian Academy 
in 1979 with 28 students enrolled (now includes K 
through 7) with a projection of 65 students for the 
fall term. Mr. William Heckathorne is the head ad- 

Three members of this church are serving on the 
mission field— the Richard Albrights with HiB.Y. in 
Japan, Miss Gail Jones in Central African Republic, 
and Miss Janet Varner in France studying the lan- 
guage for her service in Africa. 

The bus ministry is currently transporting 275-300 
people to the services, with Ronald Cainevali serving 
as bus pastor. 

The Silver Anniversary and Ground-breaking Day 
guest speakers included Rev. Bruce Baker (director of 
Northern Frontier Camps in Boswell, Pa.), Rev. Ralph 
Hall (secretary of Building Ministries at the Brethren 
Home Missions Council in Winona Lake, Ind.), and 
Rev. Don Rager (pastor of the Conemaugh Grace 
Brethren Church, Conemaugh, Pa.); followed by a 
fellowship meal. An afternoon service of ground- 
breaking ceremonies was held, followed by a message 
by Pastor Rough. Plans for the new site include: 
classroom facilities for the Christian Academy and an 
all-purpose building which will be used for worship 
services and a gymnasium.— /fare/? Vuckovich ■ 

Real Church Planting 
Takes Spiritual Teamwork 

by Dr. Lester E. Pifer 

Executive Secretary 

In the counsels of eternity past the Triune 
God decreed that a world would be created to 
bring glory to Himself. It was decreed further 
that man would be created and would dwell 
upon this earth. Man, created a free moral 
agent, chose the path of sin and rebellion 
against the will of God. The first man, Adam, 
passed on the legacy of sinfulness to his de- 
scendants, creating a universality of fallen 
nature in mankind. 

Somewhere in the counsels of eternity in 
the past, God knew what man would do, and 
prepared, through grace and love, a way of 
salvation. As a Trinity, the Heavenly Father 
ordained it, the Son would become the sacri- 
fice, and the Holy Spirit would become the 
holy agent to accomplish the greatest feat of 
all time— salvation by grace for a lost human 

These plans were not complete without a 
means of discipleship, fellowship and servant- 
ship within God's chosen body of the re- 
deemed! That body, the bride of Christ, the 
Church, became God's agency for the evangel- 
ism of a lost world. As the plan unfolds and 
the Scriptures tell the wonderful story, the 
Church becomes a major entity for the ac- 
complishment of God on earth. A beautiful 
plan of teamwork, the divine and human, are 
joined together to bring about God's will on 

The Bible, divinely inspired, reveals God's 
infinite plan and purpose. Its Old Testament 
historicity carefully reveals God's preparation 
for His plan. The New Testament writers care- 
fully outline the life ministry and death of the 
Redeemer. The Bible then clearly spells out 
the story of the Gospel and its impact upon 

the birth, ministry, and purpose of the"' 
Church. The Word of God becomes a vital 
instrument of the holy scheme of world evan- 

The Brethren Church, like other fellow- 
ships of believers, becomes an integral part of 
God's redeemed team to carry out His divine 
purpose. The Brethren Home Missions Council 
feels keenly its role as a church-planting and 
evangelism arm of this portion of God's effort. 
We believe that an infinite God has made it 
clear through His Word that we have a man- 
date to follow the command of Christ, under 
the direction of the Holy Spirit, in the fulfill- 
ment of our responsibility in His master plan. 

The Book of Acts lucidly explains the role 
of the Early Church and its desire to follow 
the direction of the Spirit in its growth, fel- 
lowship and ministry. Following this pattern, 
our Fellowship of Grace Brethren Churches 
has a unique organization for teamwork. Like 
the church at Antioch (Acts 13), we must lay 
our hands upon chosen men and women, who 
shall carry the blessed truth to the lost men 
and women who will be energized by the 
Spirit, and inspired to follow the command of 
Christ. Choosing, recruiting, supporting and 
praying are active ingredients in successful 
home mission teamwork. 

The Brethren Home Missions Council recog- 
nizes its vital link to Christ, our Head, and our 
share of His commitment; "I will build my 
church ..." We are cognizant of our respon- 
sibility to disseminate the Truth, evangelize, 
and plant the church as a part of the re- 
deemed. We are well aware of our dependence 
upon God, for His power, direction and 
blessing. It shall always be our desire to please 

Him in the course of our ministry. 

Our mission organization is also dependent 
upon the constituency of the Grace Brethren 
Fellowship for prayer, cooperation and mone- 
tary support. It is our source of recruits for 
home missionary service. Local churches, 
district mission boards and isolated Brethren 
must work together to form an effective team 
effort in strategically locating new churches. 
We want to minister to Brethren people who 
move to new areas. We need their cooperation 
in launching new mission points. The open 
home for a Bible class and a key contact 
family are vital links in the chain of teamwork 
to get God's work accomplished. 

The Council's computer, purchased jointly 
with the Foreign Missionary Society, is an- 
other asset. States having no Grace Brethren 
churches are primary targets. Large growing 
population centers where Brethren people 
seem most often to be transferred are care- 
fully being considered. Areas devoid of Bible 
teaching and active churches is of utmost con- 
cern to us. All of these factors can be used by 
the Spirit to give us positive direction. 

We need your prayer support and coopera- 
tion in the administration of the master plan 
of locating new churches. Note some signifi- 
cant facts from the computer: 

States Not Having Grace Brethren Churches 

Rhode lsland--4 families in Providence 
Alabama-3 in Mobile, 3 in Cullman, 

2 in Birmingham 
South Dakota-2 in Rapid City 
Montana-2 in Billings, 1 in Laurel, 

2 in Great Falls 
ldaho-2 in Twin Falls 
Louisiana-6 in Baton Rouge 
Connecticut-2 in Groton, 1 in Mystic 
New York-(25 in State) 2 in Webster, 

2 in Rochester 

We need the names and addresses of families 
Amoving to non-Brethren church areas. Our 
field men will follow up significant leads as 
the Lord directs and as funds are available. 
The Lord seems to be laying a special burden 
and call upon the hearts of young men in 
' training for home mission church planting. 
Pray that as locations appear and as trained 
men become available that we will have the 
home mission funds to enter these doors of 
'■ opportunity. It takes Spirit-led teamwork to 
^ do effective church planting. Prayerfully con- 
sider your gifts and contributions and get 
actively involved in one of the greatest team 
efforts in our Lord's service. ■ 

BHIVIC Update 


Rev. William W. Smith has been promoted to 
the position of Eastern Field Secretary for The 
Brethren Home Missions Council, effective 
April 1, 1981. 

Mr. Smith's new appointment, made at the 
Council's 1981 spring board of directors 
meeting, comes after 1 2 months of service to 
Brethren Home Missions as personal assistant to 
the executive secretary. Under that previous 
capacity Bill Smith served as a growth 
consultant to Home Missions churches and 
worked for extended periods of time with 
several Home Missions points. 

Dr. Lester E. Pifer, executive secretary for 
the Council, reported that Rev. Bill Smith's 
new responsibility will be "To supervise and 
oversee Eastern Home Missions points in Ohio, 
Pennsylvania, West Virginia, Maryland, New 
Jersey, Delaware and Kentucky. Adjacent states 
may be added at a future time." 

Bill Smith joins a team of two other BHMC 
men. Dr. Robert W. Thompson is the Council's 
Western Field Secretary and Rev. William A. 
Byers serves Brethren Home Missions as 
Southern Field Representative. ■ 


The annual corporation meeting for The 
Brethren Home Missions Council will be held 
Thursday, July 30, 1981, at the Rodeheaver 
Auditorium in Winona Lake, Indiana. The brief 
meeting will begin at 8:20 a.m. and is in con- 
junction with the Fellowship of Grace Brethren 
Churches' 92nd Annual Conference. All 
corporation members and other friends of The 
Brethren Home Missions Council are invited to 
attend this important business meeting. ■ 

The Testimony of Shari Smithwick 

Making Jesus 


in Anchorage, Alaska 


The Anchorage, Alaska, GBC is now averaging over 210. 


by Brad Skiles 

Promotional Secretary 

Eight months after moving 
to Anchorage, Alaska, Shari 
Smithwick faced the hardest 
decision of her life: "Will it be 
His will, or mine?" 

Rev. Larry Smithwick and 
his wife, Shari, responded to 
God's leading and moved from 
Ripon, California, to 
Anchorage, Alaska, in July of 
1977. Larry became the 
pastor of a small Bible class 
which quickly grew into the 

Anchorage Grace Brethren 

For Larry, adjusting to the 
aioneering work came rather 
laturally, but for his wife, 
phari, it was another story. 
When we first made the 
(decision to come to Alasl<a, it 
as sort of romantic," recalls 
hari. "We were given a great 
end-off and I knew without a 
hadow of doubt that this was 
od'swill. But after getting 
here, I hit the bottom of the 

Her "descent" started with 
he first Sunday in Alaska. "I 
ealized that I was going to 
iss a big church. When we 
eft Ripon there were about 
300 people on our last Sunday, 
^t Anchorage we had seven 
oeople attending our first 
Tieeting and four of them 
/vere Smithwicksl" 

Finding herself disap- 
3ointed, discouraged, and very 
onely, Shari Smithwick began 
;o express her feelings to her 
lusband. With much "crying 
ind carrying on" Shari 
Tequently reminded Larry of 
ler dissatisfaction. Her 
;omplaints were finally 
;ilenced when Larry said that 
;he had a choice. 

"Previously, whatever went 
A/rong with my life Larry 
;ould fix," says Shari. "But 
his time he couldn't fix it. 
-arry told me that I had to 
vork this out with the Lord. 
He said, 'You are either going 
learn to be happy here or 
/ou'll drive me from the 
ninistry. I can't minister with 
'our kind of attitude.'" 

It was then that Shari 
ealized that her eyes were on 
)eople and not on the Lord. 

Accepting Christ into her 
life at age seven and growing 
'ip in a Christian home, Shari 
xperienced a relatively easy 
ife. "Everything pretty much 
vent along in my life the way 
had planned it," cites Shari. 
'This was the first time that I 

came to grips with my will 
versus God's will. 

"So I finally said, 'OK, 
God, if You will make my life 
worth living, if You will bring 
peace to my life, if You will 
bring joy and happiness in my 
home, and in my marriage; if 
You will do that, I'll do what- 
ever You want me to do. I'll 
go wherever You want me to 
go, just give me joy and 

And God did give her joy 
and peace. Through the 
following months Shari began 
a process of turning problem 
areas over to the Lord. With 
the lordship of Christ came a 
new appreciation for the 
forty-ninth state. "From that 
point on I saw Alaska differ- 
ently. I was surrounded by 
beauty all the time, but I 
never saw it while I was 

Talking with Shari 
Smithwick now, one finds a 
very sweet-spirited pastor's 
wife. One deeply in love with 
her church, with her husband, 
and with her Jesus. Those 
three loves, combined with 
two others, twelve-year-old 
Robbie and eight-year-old 
Eric, make Shari's life worth 

She finds great fulfillment 
in contributing to her 
husband's success. "Other 
than the Lord, Larry is the 
most important person in my 
life. I strive to make him 
happy. When he comes home 
from the church, I want him 
to find a happy home and a 
happy wife. I want him to be 
able to relax and to be re- 
freshed with our company. 

"I have a great respect for 
Larry. I have learned so much 
from him— how to walk with 
the Lord, how to dream big 
dreams, and how to ask God 
for our needs and our dreams. 
Larry has always lived this 
type of life before me; but 
before Christ's lordship, I 

didn't see him through the 
light of Jesus." 

Shari's second human 
priority is that of being a 
mother to Robbie and Eric. 
She keeps a sharp guard on 
church involvement and makes 
sure that she doesn't become 
too busy and thus fail to be 
the type of mother God 
wishes her to be. 

And of the church, the 
body of believers, Shari says, 
"That's my life. I can't imagine 
myself trying to find a career 
or becoming involved in some 
other activity that would limit 
my church involvement." 

Probing into her role in the 
church, Mrs. Smithwick states, 
"I don't consider myself as a 
pastor's wife. I just consider 
myself as Larry's wife. That is 
so important, because I can't 
be different than I am; I have 
to be me. 

"I don't know if our church 
is unique or not, but I don't 
feel that the people here try to 
put me into a mold. They 
allow me to be who I am. They 
allow me to love, to make 
mistakes, to confess my sins, 
and to grow. Sure I recognize 
the responsibility of being a 
pastor's wife, but I more 
importantly feel accepted for 
who I am." 

Shari's specific ministries in 
the church center around 
discipleship. She works with 
several ladies in Discipleship 
100, a one-on-one ministry, 
and also meets with women 
for lunch two or three times 
each week. At these 
luncheons, Shari works at 
building up her guest and 
demonstrating Christ's love. 
In addition to her discipling 
involvement, Shari enjoys 
playing the piano for the 
church. Shealsolikesspending 
time with Larry and dreaming 
about future ministries and 

(Continued on page 18) 

(Continued from page 17) 

growth at Anchorage. 

"That is so exciting! A few 
years ago we didn't know how 
to dream. We didn't know 
that if you put hard work with 
your dreams and pray about 
them, that nothing is impos- 
sible. There are no money 
impossibilities for God and 

"He puts in many, many 
early morning hours and 
many, many long after-supper 
hours. But we always go out 
to lunch from 1 1 :30-12:30 at 
least two and sometimes three 
days a week. That may seem 
extravagant; but if I can have 
my husband alone for one 
hour a day, two or three days 
a week, I can allow him to do 
all the ministries that he needs 
to do." 

Larry also spends quality 
time with his two energetic 
boys. "With the kids, he does 
not schedule any evening 
meetings before 8:00 p.m. In 
that way he can spend at least 
one hour with the boys after 
supper and then meet with the 

Shari Smithwick is 
involved in the music 
ministry at Anchorage. 
Here she talks with 
Minister of Music 
Ron Mapes. 

Shari (far right) enjoys small group ministries 
with women in the church. 

there are no buildings that are 
impossible for God, if you are 
willing to give Jesus the glory 
and honor." (Dreams were 
recently surpassed at 
Anchorage as 447 people 
attended on April 12 
Friendship Sunday.) 

Being Larry Smithwick's 
wife involves a commitment to 
his ministry. Pastoring a 
rapidly growing church 
requires a lot of time and 
somehow the wife and kids 
need to adjust to this demand. 

"Larry is a marvelous 
husband. He loves me and he 
shows me that I'm much more 
important to him than the 
church. Consequently, I can 
allow him to do all the work 
that he needs to do. 

board, or a commission, or 
have a Bible study." 

When asked if she could 
give some advice to other 
pastors' wives and their roles, 
Shari used her own life as an 
example. "The first big 
responsibility that I have is to 
pray for Larry. My daily 
prayer for him is that the Lord 
will fill Larry with wisdom 
from above— wisdom to make 
the right decisions, to do the 
right things and to go the right 

"Then I pray daily for 
purity in our marriage and 
that our love will grow and 
overflow to the people that we 
come in contact with. 

"The third thing I could say 
is that if your heart is not like 

your husband's, then ask God 
to change it. My heart has to 
be like Larry's or he will not 
be successful in his work. I 
know that because God has 
brought us together as one; and 
if we are going in different 
directions, it will pull us apart." 

The greatest test of Shari's 
lordship came with her severe 
auto accident on October 19, 
1 979. As her car hit a sheet of 
ice and rolled end-over-end 
down an embankment, Shari 
fractured her spine in two 
places. The next two-and-a- 
half weeks were spent in the 
hospital and then the following 
two-and-a-half months in a 
body cast. 

"My accident was probably 
the biggest blessing the Lord 
has given me, besides moving 
up to Anchorage. Prior to my 
accident, I had spent six 
months comforting a gal who 
was suffering from polio. As I 
held her in my arms I could 
tell her that I loved her, but I 
couldn't say that I knew how 
she felt. 

"So two weeks before the 
accident I asked the Lord, that 
if He saw fit, to give me an 
opportunity to know what 
pain was and how to handle it. 
When I woke up after the 
accident, I knew that God had 
answered that prayer. The 
following months were 
precious, precious times for 
me and a great answer to 

Living with daily pain since 
the accident, Shari jokingly 
says, "I've sometimes won- 
dered 'Why did I ever ask this,' 
and 'Lord, please take the 
blessing away!' But it has 
been a really neat learning 
time and, among other things, 
I've learned that God is in 
control and He knows what is 
best for my life. I have com- 
plete peace in letting Him 
manage my life and in letting 
Him be Lord." ■ 

Peodle ' 


Buck and Barb Summers 

Chambersburg, Pennsylvania 


Since May of 1977, life had been 
painful for Barbara Mayes. It was 
then that her husband was killed in 
a farming accident, leaving her to 
raise four small boys. Their daily 
demands coupled with Barb's grief 
was a harrowing combination, even 
though Barb loved her boys and 
had a personal relationship with 
Christ. "I knew God had a reason 
for allowing Rod's accident," she 

Printed by permission from Worldwide Challenge. Copyright 
©Campus Crusade for Christ, Inc., 1981. All rights reserved. 
The article was written by Bill Horlacher, senior writer, 
with Worldwide Challenge magazine. 

ays, "but deep down there was 
itterness in me." 
Meanwhile, a fellow named Buck 
Summers was faced with a very 
different situation. Summers had 
reached the zenith of a bachelor's 
eligibility: He was outgoing, hand- 
some, a pastor in the Grace 
Brethren denomination, in his mid- 
30s and never married. Buck and 
10 lay people had founded a church 
in Chambersburg, Pennsylvania, in 
August 1975, and he was becoming 
uncomfortable with his single 
Etatus. "Our church was developing 
more of a family orientation," he 
recalls, "and it seemed a married 
pastor would be best for it. I asked 
the Lord to lead me to a wife or 
take me into another ministry." 
One day in IVlay of 1978, Barb 

Barb spent an evening together two 
months later. They enjoyed a great 
time of talking and laughing. "It 
was just like we'd known each 
other those 1 1 years since college," 
says Buck. He extended this trip to 
Ashland several days, and a special 
relationship began to develop. 

More than one relationship, in 
fact. According to Buck, "As I got 
to know the boys, I thought, 
'These little guys are all right. I 
think I could live with them.' I 
told Barb, 'If it's God's will for us 
to get married, I want you to know 
that I love these boys even as I love 

And how about God's will? 
Letters, phone calls and visits 
bridged the distance from Pennsyl- 
vania to Ohio as Barb and Buck 

"I want you to know that 

I love these boys 

even as I love you " 

and her boys were involved in a car 
accident. Two of the boys were 
thrown from the car. Though none 
lof the injuries proved serious. Barb 
did some sober thinking during the 
ambulance ride to the hospital. "I 
,realized that God was telling me I 
(needed to turn to Him again. I saw 
that God can use anything to turn 
us around spiritually, and I was 
thankful that He did it as gently as 
He could." 

The following month Buck was 
visiting his friend Knute Larson, 
Barb's pastor in Ashland, Ohio. 
During the visit. Pastor Larson, 
with help from his wife, Jeanine, 
began to think of the two as a 
potential couple. But Buck wasn't 
ready for that. The thought of an 
iinstant family seemed terrifying. 
jEven when he realized that he'd 
known Barb in college, he still shied 
away from Larson's offer to arrange 
a date. Both of the Larsons assured 
him that one date wouldn't hurt. 

And indeed it didn't. Buck and 

prayed about their decision. "I had 
always thought it was possible for 
me to marry a widow," he says, 
"maybe even one who had a child. 
But four! 

"I figured I would be in store for 
some tremendous adjustments if we 
got married. It would be hard 
enough to adjust to a marriage, and 
I was going to have five adjustments 
at once. But as Barb and I corre- 
sponded, we would send each other 
Scripture passages, and so often 
those passages began with God 
saying, 'Trust Me . . . .' I was 
particularly encouraged by Proverbs 
3:5-6 which says, 'Trust in the Lord 
with all your heart, and lean not 
on your own understanding. In all 
your ways acknowledge Him, and 
He will make your paths straight.' 
We were so impressed with those 
verses that we had the reference 
engraved in our wedding bands." 

Buck and Barb became engaged 
on Christmas Day, 1978, and were 
married about six weeks later. Of 

course, a few things changed in the 
clergyman's life style, though he 
retained his pulpit in Chambers- 
burg. "I was used to a very 
structured life— I lived out of a 
'Day-Timer'— and suddenly things 
at home were chaotic. Even today 
I sometimes forget that they're just 
boys. Fortunately, Barb has been 
patient with my adjustment. And 
I've depended on the Lord to help 
me and to forgive me when I make 
a mistake." 

From the very start, the three 
youngest boys showed childlike 
flexibility in adjusting to their new 
dad. "Pastor Summers" quickly 
became "Buck" and then, after the 
wedding, "Daddy." It was a little 
harder for the oldest, Bruce, who 
was almost eight at the time. 
Recalls Buck, "A couple of weeks 
after Barb and I were married, I was 
hugging Bruce and he whispered 
'Daddy' in my ear. That felt good 

Today, a visit to the Summers 
home on a Saturday afternoon 
reveals an all-American setting that 
Norman Rockwell might have 
found hard to top. Each boy tries 
to be the first to answer the door. 
Bruce, now 10, is the organizer, so 
he assigns one of the others to take 
your coat. Chris, eight, likes to 
work with his hands, so he runs to 
show you something that he's made 
out of wood. Matt, Pennsylvania's 
most affectionate seven-year-old, 
gives you a month's worth of hugs. 
Shawn, a red-haired charmer of 
four, chatters continuously. "Dad" 
makes you feel at home with talk 
about sports and answers questions 
on his growing church or his daily 
radio show, "A Summers' Breeze." 
"Mom" fills the kitchen with 
aromas that promise fine food. 

Above all, the visit demonstrates 
God's power to bring lives together 
in a loving family. As a person 
once said to Buck, "I wondered 
why God kept you single so long. 
Now I know." ■ 

A Herald IVIagazine Reprint 

(Editor's Note: We plan to present a series of articles that have appeared in the Herald. Note the date of 
publication, so you may have the proper setting for the material.— CVIT) 

September 18, 1943 



by Glenn O'Neal 

You can be sure that Satan will never miss an 
opportunity to divert the minds of Christians from 
their supreme responsibility; namely, preaching the 
Gospel. He is using the war not only to keep 
people so busy that they don't have time to fulfill 
this obligation, but, in many cases, to influence 
people to believe that the Gospel has outlived its 
usefulness, and that we need a "changed message 
for this changing world." His propaganda is subtle, 
and every Christian, no matter how steadfast, must 
be careful lest the precious truths of the Gospel be 
cast into the background. 

According to 1 Corinthians 15:3-4, the message 
of the Gospel is twofold. "Christ died for our sins 
according to the scriptures; and that he was buried, 
and that he rose again the third day." First, the 
message is one which stresses our sinfulness; and, 
second, one which presents Christ's death and 
resurrection for our sins. Satan has concentrated 
his attack on these two points. 

The Attack Against Belief in the 
Universal Sinfulness of Man 

"Buy a bond to bomb a bum" and "turn in your 
fats to slap the Japs" are phrases commonly heard 
today. The insinuation is that the Japanese, Ger- 
mans, and Italians are by nature more sinful than 
we; therefore, they should be destroyed. Now, we 
are not defending the Japanese for the dastardly 
act which they committed at Pearl Harbor, nor the 
Germans and Italians for all their barbarous deeds, 
but we do believe the lesson that should be learned 
is being missed. 

It is not that these nations are naturally worse 
than we, but that they have provided a perfect en- 
vironment for the development of the totally de- 
praved human heart. These nations have forgotten 
the Gospel and any nation that forgets God's way 
of salvation will eventually have the same 

A preacher was recently heard making this peti- 
tion in a radio prayer: "Lord, help us never to for- 
get the eternal goodness of man." If man were 

eternally good, he wouldn't need to be praying 
that, because there would be fruit of his goodness 
as evidence. But Satan wants to keep men believing 
it, for as long as men think they are eternally good, | 
they'll never see the need of the Saviour from sin. < 
Imagine! This man was professing to be praying to 
the same Lord who directed the writing of Romans 
3:12 which reads, "there is none that doeth good, 
no, not one." Satan has many who profess to be 
ministers of the Gospel, but in reality have for- 
gotten one of the most important truths of the 
Gospel— the universal depravity of man. 

We must take heed lest we are swept away with 
the spirit of the age and fall into this trap which , 
Satan has so carefully disguised. ^ 

The people of the United States are praying thus 
with themselves, "Lord, we thank Thee that we are 
not as other nations," when we should be praying 
"God be merciful to us, for we are sinners." 

The Attack Against 
God's Way of Salvation 

The mirage that Satan continually holds before 
the eyes of men, and toward which he has them 
spend their efforts, is a world at peace, with the de- 
sires of all supplied. He would have us believe that 
men can have a new world without a new heart. 

This teaching is also finding its way into the 
pulpit. Social rehabilitation is taking the place of 
salvation. More concern is being shown about food 
for the physical appetite of the world than about 
food for hungry souls. 

Isaiah 57:21 tells us "There is no peace, saith 
my God to the wicked." Romans 3:16-17 states 
that "Destruction and misery are in their ways: 
and the way of peace have they not known." Cer- 
tainly this characterizes those today who would 
find salvation from sin, misery and destruction 
apart from Jesus Christ. It would save a great deal 
of wasted effort if they would only read and heed 
Acts 4:12: "Neither is there salvation in any other: 
for there is none other name under heaven given 
among men, whereby we must be saved." 

This ought to be a time that we stress salvation 
through Christ as we've never done before, espe- 
cially as we see the glorious day of Christ's return 
approaching. Man is doomed without it. 

Shall we change the Gospel in wartime? Paul 
says in Galatians 1:8, "But though we, or an angel 
from heaven, preach any other gospel unto you 
than that which we have preached unto you, let 
him be accursed." In war or peace, God's com- 
mand is Preach the Gospel. ■ 

hoping to help 

Box 365 • Winona Lake, Indiana 46590 • Tel. 219/267-6622 

Knute Larson, Executive Director 
Ed Lewis, Director of Youth Ministries 
Judy Ashman, Director of SMM 
Kevin Muggins, Assistant Director 

July with Joy 

Many excellent and practical workshops and classes will 
highlight this year's Christian Education Convention at 
national conference. Special provoking speakers and the 
presentation of awards of excellence will be part of the 
Sunday and Monday CE days, July 26 and 27. 

Those first two days, actually beginning Saturday 
evening, will also include the moderator's address, two 
concerts, and the inspiring missions rally. 

You are invited! The workshop track includes significant 
help for generalists such as pastors and Sunday school super- 
intendents, children's workers, youth leaders, parents, men, 
women, SMM and boys work people, overhead projector 
enthusiasts, financial planners, and adult Bible fellowship 

There will be Monday sessions for youth themselves, and 
children up through those completing grade 5. 

Do come! 

GBC Christian Ed Salutes 
the Nursery Worker 

She comes 1 5-20 minutes before every service, and stays 
the same afterwards. Her room is neat and clean. She 
comes in during the week to take the sheets home and wash 

She knows these children by name, though they don't 
know her name. She prays for them and their parents, and 
knows that these are the years they'll be deciding about 
Sunday school and church. 

She changes diapers while other people are taking notes 
during the sermon. She burps the baby while others are 
enjoying the choir. 

She grows in patience, and helps the child that way too. 
She teaches love, and words and doctrines when the child 
can talk and listen. 

She visits in the homes of her children once in a while, 
to show concern and help them feel a part of her ministries 
in the church. 

We salute the nursery worker. Unsung hero. One of the 
sermon's favorite friends. 

Thank you! ■ 

Young Teen Sessions 

GBC Christian Education is sponsoring meetings and sports and fun activities for youth attending national 
July 26-31. Communicators, inspiring music, afternoon events, and guest teachers will shine in sessions directed 
Lewis, Kevin Muggins, and Judy Ashman with help from many others. 

Especially designed for youth grades 7-8-9 (completing grade 6) whose parents are at the adult conference. 

Sunday: General conference sessions, missions rally, moderator's address, concert. 

Monday: Youth workshops, designed for kids, some presented by Barnabas teams. 

Tuesday-Friday: Morning and evening sessions, and afternoon activities. 

Films, missions, team competition, skits, games, refreshments, "And that's the Story. . . ," ministry projects. 

Housing and meals not included. Write GBC Christian Ed for information sheet and costs. ■ 

by CE's Ed 






July 26 

9:30-11:00 a.m. 

Celebration and 
Bible Class 

Joseph Bayly 

July 27 

7:20 a.m. 

and Wives 

Joseph Bayly 

Winona Hotel 


10:00 a.m. 




12:30 a.m. 


1981 GBC Christian Ed 

July 26-28, 1981, Winon 


Gospel Light 



thru Adult 



Phil Teran 


Jim Brandt 

Saving the 
Church Money 

Knute Larson 

Meeting Needs 
of Families 


Edwin Cashman 




Joseph Bayly 

Dealing with 

Ed Lewis 

Bible Learning 

John Willett 

Bible Study 
Lunches for 

Joseph Bayly 

Dealing with 

Kevin Muggins 

Ministering to 
Hostile and 

to Children 

Glenn Heck 



Bruce Barlow 

How to Have 


Getting More 
Out of 


Making Friends 

& Keeping 


to Youth 

Kevin Huggins 

to Parents 
of Teens 

Ed Lewis 

Ways to Motivate 


Youth Groups 

Judy Ashman 

Games and 


Kevin Huggins 


Judy Ashman 

Lumiere and 

Ed Lewis 


2:00 p.m. 


2:00-2:55 p.m. 

John Teevan 


Adult Classes 

for Care 

3:05-4:00 p.m. 

6:00 p.m. 

7:30 p.m. 


6:00 p.m. 

John Teevan 

Action on 

Edwin Cashman 

People into 
Church Life 

Knute Larson 

Writing a 


By laws, and 


Starting a 

Board of Elders 

Knute Larson 


Mike Grill 

Basics for 



Bev Worth 

Income Tax 
Extras and 

Senior Citizens 

Judy Ashman 

Little Sisters 

and Amigas 


Mike Ostrander 

Using Brethren 
Boys Material 

Kevin Huggins 

Music Selections 

Ed Lewis 


CE Awards Celebration. Speaker: Ed Lewis 

All workshop locations will be in the Winona Lake Free Methodist Church, Corner of 9th St ' 
detailed schedule will be available at the beginning of the convention. Registration information 

lation and Events 

ine Soderburg 

2:7 Series 

ake, Ind. 



Ora SkJIes 

Using Spare 
Time for 
the Lord 

Phil Teran 


SS Superin- 
Other Leaders 

Knute Larson 


the Sunday 


Edwin Cashman 

Special Days and 

Promotion for 

Sunday School 



Church Music 

Scripture Press 

Teacher Training 


Donald Ogden 

Growing a 



Miriam Pacheco 

Starting a 

Gladys Deloe 

Starting 3-D 


James Custer 

Another Church 

Bruce Barlow 

Parents of 

Starting a 



Scripture Press 

Teacher Training 

Planning a Musical 

The Church & 

the Christian 


John Teevan 

Options for 
SS Literature 
and Subjects 

Planning Exciting 
Evening Services 

Jeanine Larson 

Sex Education 
and Preparing 

Jane Teevan 

Starting a 
Mothers Club 

•ofiege. Room locations w/'H be posted. A more 
will be taken during the sessions. 

July 28 





Open f^ouse 


4:30 p.m. 

July 29 

7:00 a.m. 

Pastors' Wives 


Miss Verna 


Winona Hotel 


Featured Speaker 

Joseph Bayly is vice president of Dauid C. 
Cook Publishing Co., Elgin, Illinois. He is also 
general director of Christian Medical Society, a 
trans-denominational association of physicians 
and dentists. 

Educated at Wheaton College and Faith 
Theological Seminary, Bayly spent 16 years on 
the staff of InterVarsity Christian Fellowship 
and edited HIS magazine for 8 years as well as 
heading InterVarsity Press. 

Seminars on death and dying for physicians 
and nurses, hospital chaplains and clergymen 
are an unusual part of Bayly's ministry. He will 
be dealing with the subject in a two-hour session 
on Monday, July 27, at the CE Convention. 

Bayly is best known for his books and 
monthly column in Eternity magazine. Among 
his books are The Gospel B/imp, The Last 
Thing We Tall< About (a Christian view of 
death), and Psalms of My Life (poetry). 

Bayly has a strong interest in Christian edu- 
cation, highlighted by his monthly newsletter 
"Christian Education Trends," which GBC 
Christian Education makes available through 
"Inside Track." Bayly's feeling is that 
"Christian education should be just that- 
thoroughly Christian, which means Bible-based, 
Christ-centered, and educationally sound." 
GBC Christian Education is pleased to have 
such experience as a part of the 1981 CE 

Mr. and Mrs. Bayly live near Bartlett, Illinois. 
Two sons are in college; a third son is in 
seminary; and a daughter teaches at Lake View 
Academy, a Christian alternative high school 
in Chicago. ■ 


Remember when SMM meant 
Sisterhood of Mary & Martha and 
rolling bandages? Idol Many of 
you do, too. Let's admit it! 

Now I'm a mother with two 
daughters in SMM. Sisterhood of 
Mary & Martha is replaced with 
Serving My Master. And what 
happened to rolling bandages? 
Well, my daughters are completing 
goals such as needlecraft, gardening, 
missions, music or housekeeping— 
the list goes on. 

Some things haven't changed. 
Bible memorization and reading are 
still a vital part of SMM. There is 
also a strong emphasis on missions. 
Brethren doctrine and practices are 
included, too. 

My daughters are exposed to 
many diversified activities in SMM. 



GBC Christian Education has 
been producing CE YOUTH PRO- 
GRAMS for two years now. What 
was begun as a six-month trial pro- 
gram has extended through the 
present, and exciting things are in 
store for the future. 

Editor Kevin Muggins has a 
finger on the pulse of American 
youth, especially as they fit into 
GBC churches. He knows the needs 
and he knows the potential of this 
generation of young people. You 

They have the opportunity to 
complete goals that provide 
practical growth along with 
spiritual growth. I'm happy about 
that. Having two girls in SMM 
makes me the recipient of such 
things as having the family laundry 
done for a month, meals prepared 
or a bouquet of flowers on my 
table. I also have experienced 
moments of dismay when one of 
my daughters announces 15 
minutes before SMM that she needs 
something for the missionary chest. 

As a patroness I have learned 
that some girls are not motivated 
towards completing goals. This is 
fine, too. The SMM program is 
designed so that any girl can profit 
just by attending and sharing in 
prayer, looking into God's Word 
or just being together with other 
Christian girls. 

SMM is one of the many 
extensions of GBC Christian 

Education that reaches out and 
touches lives of young people. 
Thank you. Christian Ed, for being 
the sponsoring agent for SMM. 
Thank you, SMM, for the sound 
program designed to develop the 
whole girl. Your program works 
... I see it working in the lives of 
my daughers. ■ 

Mrs. Willa Henry 

Winona Lake Grace Brethren Church 

Wife and mother 

Lumiere SMM patroness 

Elementary schoolteacher 

1980 Grace College Alumnus of the Year 

Mrs, Willa Henry with her two 
daughters- Michelle and Monica 

to provide quality youtii programming ideas, on-target youth Bible 
studies and leadership training information 

can be sure that anything Kevin 
puts into a monthly issue of CE-YP 
will be geared with that in mind. 

Some of the topics being dealt 
with currently in the midweek 
Bible studies included in each 
packet are: "Dating," "Peer Group 
Pressure," "Making Friends," and 

Many of the weekly youth pro- 
grams are written by and have been 
tested by various Brethren youth 
workers. They're dealing with 
subjects like: ♦How to Be a 
Peacemaker, *How to Get to Know 
Your Dad, *What to Do When 

Your Folks Don't Understand, 
*How to Get Over the Past: Guilt 
and Grudges, *How to Handle 
Spiritual Dryness, * Abortion and 
the Unborn Baby, * Doctrinal 
Studies on "God's Favorite Things: 
Men, Heaven, Angels, and Christ." 

We're glad to be able to help 
with such timely youth ministry 
aids. We hope to continue . . . and 
can with your sustaining support 
and interest. Thanks for providing 
the means to keep programs like 
moving ahead in serving today's 
youth. ■ 


Women Manifesting 

Women's Missionary Council of the Grace Brethren Church 
Box 71 1 , Winona Lake, Indiana 46590 


Mrs. Dan (Miriam) Pacheco, 413 Kings Highway, Winona Lake, 
Ind. 46590-219/267-7603 

First Vice President 

Mrs. Dean (Ella Lee) Risser, 58 Holiday Hill, Lexington, Ohio 

Second Vice President 

Mrs. James (Triceine) Custer, 2515 Carriage Lane, Powell, Ohio 


Mrs. Fred (Margie) Devan, Jr., 2507 Vancouver Dr., N.W., 
Roanoke, Va., 24012-703/366-2843 

Assistant Secretary 

Mrs. Donald (Marilyn) Weltmer, Route #1, Box 131, 
Cerrardstown, W. Va. 25420-304/229-3920 

1, Lake Odessa, Mich. 

Financial Secretary-Treasurer 

Miss Joyce Ashman, 602 Chestnut Avenue, Winona Lake, Ind. 

Assistant Financial Secretary-Treasurer 

Mrs. Bill (Shirley) Stevens, Box 59, R. R. 

Literature Secretary 

Mrs. Ralph (Betty) Hall, Route #8, Box 297, Warsaw, Ind, 


Mrs. Noel (Linda) Hoke, R. R. 

Prayer Chairman 

Mrs. John (Sally) Neely, 121 S. Walnut Street, Troy, Ohio 

1, Hickory Estates, Warsaw, Ind. 



Operation and Publication 

offering may not be too 

exciting a goal, ladles, but 

without the money sent in 

for this offering, your 

benefits from WMC might 

come after a struggle. Even 

though there is no such 

thing as an office located 

in Winona Lake for WMC, 

operating procedures 

continue in private homes 

across the country as ladies 

serve you while serving the 

Lord. No salaries are paid 

but programs cost money, 

paper costs money. 

Pen Pointers and their 

publication cost money. 

Herald pages cost money, 

. . . need I say more. 

Thank you in advance 

for your contribution. 

Our goal is $8,000 and is 

due September 10, 1981. 

Msstcnary birthdays 

AUGUST 1981 

(If no address is listed, the address will be found on pages 32 and 33 
of the 1981 Brethren Annual.; 


Rev. Bill Burk August 5 

Jeffrey Farner August 20, 1967 


Ginette DeArmey August 12, 1970 

Rev. David Griffith August 26 


Rev. David Manduka August 10 


Rev. Jack Churchill August 20 


Jeffrey Skeen* August 4, 1980 

Mrs. Jane Peters* August 10 

Mrs. Evelyn Johnson* August 10 

Miss Ruth Kent August 21 

Dr. J. P. Kliever August 21 

Rev. Bruce Paden* August 26 

Kirk Immel* August 26, 1968 

'c/o P. O. Box 588, Winona Lake, IN 46590 

''Tor the Cord Jrantj wisdom! HiJcVfery word 
i5 a treasure of knowled^ and understanding 





-The new 1981-82 program packet will be 
bulk-mailed about June 16, 1981. Each council 
will receive two packets— one sent to the WMC 
president and one sent to the program chairman. 
Hopefully, these new officers will receive the 
packets before national conference. 

- Last fall we all heard a lot about the "White 
House Transitional Team." As your old and new 
WMC officers work together during the summer 
months and plan for the new year which begins in 
September, they form your WMC program transi- 
tional team. Retiring officers, please don't drop the 
baton until the new officers have a firm grasp on 
their new responsibilities. Explain and be a helper- 
just a while longer. 

- Local WMC report sheets must be returned to 
the district WMC president by June 1 5. 

— District WMC reports must be sent to the 
national secretary by July 1. 

— Each local WMC should receive one credential 
form for national conference. All of their delegates 
and alternates should be listed on this. These forms 
can be mailed ahead of conference to: WMC, Box 
711, Winona Lake, Indiana 46590. This will save 
some time for the credential committee. The forms 
can be brought along to conference as well. Please 
note the quotation from the constitution at the 
top of the form. A freewill offering is received with 
this form. 

-Pray for and anticipate the blessings we will 
share in our WMC sessions at national conference. 
Include the board meetings and executive session 
in your prayers. Many decisions will be made that 
could alter and benefit your local programs as well 
as setting goals for the 81-82 year. ■ 

by Linda Hoke 

It was that time again in the classroom, those days 
the students hate, and even the most capable teacher 
dreads— the days of achievement testing. The 
students were restless, fearing the unknown. The 
teacher stood in front of the class also fearing the 
inevitable— that someone would try to prove she was 
not capable of doing her job if the scores were not 
"just so." The time had come. 

Minutes into the first test even after reiterated 
warnings that there would be some questions on the 
paper that most could not answer, furrows were seen 
deep in the tiny foreheads where no wrinkles should 
appear. Some students finished in good time and 
with correct answers because they had made progress 
during the year. Others guessed and finished early in 
order not to be last. Several were still struggling and 
one in particular. His hand moved to his eyes as 
often as to his paper and soon the tears were 
uncontrollable. No amount of solace could stifle the 
flood of emotion. "But everyone else is done, 
teacher." "Just do your best, Kiddo," was the reply. 

The next day, another section of the test was given 
with approximately the same amount of early 
finishers, and late stragglers. But this time no tears. 

"Do your best" is an easy motto to say, but not 
always easy to follow. How many times do we fail to 
do our best for our Master? What will our achievement 
scores look like in heaven? How much of "our best" 
will we be able to lay at our Saviour's feet in adoration 
for all He accomplished for us on calvary? Will there 
be any tears when we see what others have done; 
when we have accomplished so little? ■ 

Thank You, Lord, . . . Again 

by Linda Hoke, \NMC Editor 

Remember how we as WMC ladies prayed 
for years for new missionary candidates. 
Thinl< bacl< about how the Lord has marvelous- 
ly answered that request to the extent that we 
need to continue to rely on Him for the 
means of their support. Think again of the 
plans for the new mission residence. Remem- 
ber how they stalled for want of finances, for 
want of encouraging the missionaries on the 
field with their necessities when the financial 
market looked bleak for American dollars. 
"Praise the Lord, He never changes!" is a neat 
song that comes to mind as I look on "the 
property" to see excavation begun, and the 
residence dream becoming a reality. 

Our prayers have been answered once more, 
but with the answer comes a heavy respon- 
sibility. A portion of the Foreign Missions 
goal for this current WMC year has been the 
construction of a new mission residence in 
Winona Lake for missionaries on furlough, 
mission candidate's school, and other needs of 
the society. However, this goal has no money 
therein for decorating or furnishing. With the 
help of the mission residence committee, the 
WMC executive committee is asking for will- 
ing WMC ladies to participate in a linen 
shower for the residence to transpire during 
national conference. Think of it ladies, your 
gift will help to enhance the decor of a lovely 
new home for those who serve the Lord so 
diligently on foreign soil. The mission resi- 
dence committee asks that the gifts carry 
along the color scheme of the apartments and 
the different rooms. 

Interior design for the mission residence is 
done mostly in earth tones. Specific color as- 

signments will be given to the district WMC 
officers in the coming president's letter, but 
plain colors should be selected, in most items. 
Needed linen items are solid color sheets, pil- 
lowcases, blankets, towel sets, shower cur- 
tains, bath mats, kitchen towels and cloths. 
Other needed items are toasters, pots and 
pans, towel bars, toothbrush holders, waste 
baskets. Larger contributions could consider 
chairs for the fellowship hall, or a television 
for the fellowship hall. 

Let's have fun and serve the Lord while en- 
joying the realization of another prayer an- 
swered. ■ 

"for the Cord 
grant; wisdom! 
Hi; every word 

b a treasure of 
knowledge and understanding. 


(Editor's note-Triceine is national WiVIC 2nd vice president) 

You Are Very Special 

Reviewed by Mrs. Triceine Custer 

WMC in its devotional 
program structure for tine 
coming 1 981-82 year will 
indicate to each lady in 
attendance how she is uniquely 
important. The book You Are 
Very Special is a Biblical guide 
to self-worth and will be the 
lesson material. Verna Birkey, 
the author of this study, has 
taught "Enriched Living 
Seminars for Women" for 
many years. We will be 
privileged to have her speak to 
WMC ladies at national confer- 
ence on Wednesday and 
Thursday mornings and at a 
workshop one of the after- 
noons. The theme study is 
geared to ladies of all ages. 

A paperback copy of the 
book is included in the packet 
sent to program chairmen. 
This is to be used by the 
monthly Bible study leaders. 
Additional copies can be pur- 
chased at $4.95 from the 
Missionary Herald Company, 
P.O. Box 544, Winona Lake, 
Ind. 46590. 

A sample copy of the 
student's book for the coming 
year entitled. Personal Growth 
Guide for Individuals, is 
included in the packet sent to 
local WMC presidents. Also 
included in your packet is an 
order blank for your use. 
Each WMC lady should have 
her personal copy to use 
throughout the year. This 
workbook and study are much 
different from the Proverb's 
study used this year. The 
Growth Guide takes passages 
of Scripture in chapters such 
as "Someone Very Special," 
"Fully Known," "Fully 
Accepted," "Person in 

Process," "Person of Value," 
"Uniquely Designed," "Con- 
tinually Sustained" and helps 
us to turn the insight of God's 
Word into action in our daily 
lives as women created for a 
special purpose. We're thrilled 
with this study. It is practical 
and pertinent. 

The Personal Growth Guide 
can only be ordered from 
Enriched Living, P. O. Box 
3039, Kent, V\/ashington 
98031. Cost for 1-10 copies is 
$1.25 each. Cost for 11 or 
more copies is $1.00 each. 
Include payment with your 
order. Do not order this book 
from the national WMC 
literature secretary or the 
Herald Company. Ladies, 
when your officers ask if you 

would like to have this 
Growth Guide you will know 
more, since reading this, of 
what you will receive. Pay- 
ment for postage and handling 
is in addition to the previously 
quoted prices and was printed 
in a letter for the local pro- 
gram chairman. 

Your new program will also 
feature a narrative personal 
glimpse each month written 
by one of our special mission- 
aries. They share with us 
insight into their daily lives 
and circumstances. You will 
find them very enjoyable, 
funny, and at times, sad. 

Our prayer is that our new 
program year will be challeng- 
ing, fruitful, and a blessing to 
all. ■ 

Numbers and Goals 
are Very Important 

As national WMC representatives and officers, we realize it is 
important to set goals and establish standards for our group. We 
are also increasingly aware that the goals we set as a Christian 
organization might not necessarily need monitoring by a group of 
individuals, but that the Lord looks on our hearts. Because of 
these factors, several changes have been made in the local annual 
report that officers are currently filling out for return to the 
national secretary by way of district officers. 

We do not seek to stop the reporting process altogether for 
there are measurable qualities in our system and a need for the in- 
formation to be gathered to a certain degree. Because of these 
various needs, some numbers have been eliminated from the 
national report. Yes and No questions have taken the place of 
some of the questions and a simple check will suffice for others. 
Our growth can be monitored and recognition given for reading 
the Bible through, but spiritual growth is a subjective goal that we 
are continuing to set for ourselves but not measuring at this time 
at a national level. We continue to express a desire for all local 
councils to keep this list of recommendations in front of their 
ladies and ask that they take time to look inward without adding 
that number to pages of a report. ■ 


;.• • • 


DORIE: THE GIRL NOBODY LOVED by Doris Van Stone with Erwin Lutzer 
(Moody Press); paperbacl<, $3.95 

DORIE is the thrilling true account of what God's love can do in a life. Dorie 
Van Stone takes readers through the hard years of her childhood into her fasci- 
nating years as a missionary, along with her husband, to the Dani tribe in New 

As a child, Dorie was rejected by her mother, sent to live in an orphanage 
where she was regularly beaten by the orphanage director, was beaten time after 
time by cruel foster parents, and was daily told that she was ugly and unlovable. 
Dorie never knew love until a group of college students visited the orphange and 
told her that God loved her. As she accepted that love, her life began to change. 

THREE STEPS FORWARD . . . TWO STEPS BACK by Charles R. Swindoll 
(Thomas Nelson Publishers); paperback, $4.95 

THREE STEPS FORWARD, TWO STEPS BACK can help you face problems, 
"walk into them, through them, and come out stronger in Christ on the other 
side," You can persevere through pressure. 

The truth is life's problems can't be solved by all-too-easy cliches. They don't 
go away if they are ignored. Dr. Swindoll offers practical ways to cope with fear, 
stress, misunderstanding, inferiority, personal loss, anger, and temptation. 

JUDITH by N. I. Saloff-Astakhoff (Zondervan Publishing House); paperback, 

The incredible, true life story of a young Russian woman whose ministry 
ended in tragic death is portrayed in this volume. 

Judith Weinberg, born of wealthy Russian Jewish parents in the early 1900s, 
had embraced a faith that cost her everything— family, fiance, home and friends. 
In the end, it cost Judith her life— cruelly snuffed out by the deadly swords of 
the Bolsheviks. 






Send to: Brethren Missionary Herald Co. • P.O. Box 544 • Winona Lake, Indiana 46590 
Please include your check or money order and BMH pays postage charges. 

Please send me the following: 

DAM three reading books, a $10.85 value for $9.95 
UDorie, $3.95 (paperback) 
HThree Steps Forward, $4.95 (paperback) 
UJudith, $1.95 (paperback) 

(Above prices are subject to change if book publishers increase prices! 





National Fellowship of Grace Brethren Men 

"Faithful men, who shall be able to teach others also" 2 Timothy 2:2 

Attention: Grace Brethren Men 

Special News Item for National Conference— NFGBM 


Special Seminar for Men 

Rev. Gerald H. Twombly, director of Alumni Relations and Extension Ministries 
at Grace College and Seminary, will be speaking at Grace Brethren Men's meetings at 
national conference, July 28-31, Winona Lake, Indiana, according to NFGBM 
President Harold E. Hollinger. 

Mr. Twombly is a graduate of Miami (Florida) Bible College and of Grace 
Theological Seminary. Before joining the staff at Grace, he served three years in the 
pastorate, and four years as the director of Word of Life Inn, the largest adult Bible 
conference in the United States, and as an associate professor at the Word of Life 
Bible Institute. 

He has authored three books, including: An Analytical Survey of the Bible, a 
college textbook; A Superman for a Total Woman; and Major Themes from the Minor 
Prophets, a Sunday school study guide. He has also written sixteen booklets and is 
the editor of two quarterly magazines. Mr. Twombly is a popular Bible conference 
speaker and has presented workshops and seminars throughout the United States. 

Gerald Twombly and his wife, Sandra, reside in Winona Lake, Indiana, with their 
two sons— Chris, age 1 3; and Chad, age 1 0. 

o o o 

Puffing things into perspective 

Have you asked the question, "What else can hap- 
pen?" Does it seem that you just overcame one dif- 
ficulty only to be confronted with another? 

If you're frustrated because you simply do not under- 
stand what God is doing in your life, then perhaps the 
seminar on Coping wWi help you. 


■/ The place of vision in the maturation process 

■/How to develop a vision for God and His working 
through you 


</ The ingredients of effective decisions 


'/What bearing does age have on the decisions of 

y Wha t are the characteristics and needs of adult 
men and women 


■/How to communicate your needs to those you 


y/How to cope with change 


■/Does temperament factor in the maturity 

■/ Temperament and you 


</Why does God allow trials 

y/ How do trials really profit you 

Men, please plan to attend this seminar! It will help you put life in a proper perspective 
as you cope with situations that develop in a changing world. 

IMy Brother's Keeper? 

by Mike Ostrander. director 
Grace Brethren Boys 

Does your church have some type 
of ministry for its boys? If so, I can 
just about guarantee you that, sooner 
or later, you will encounter one or the 
^ther of two major predicaments. 
Either one of these by itself is suffi- 
cient to torpedo the entire program. 
But put the two of them together, and 
the future of that boys' ministry is 
certainly in jeopardy. 

First, there is simply not enough 
rnanpower to adequately supervise the 
younger boys. They demand so much 
personal attention. And there simply 
aren't enough men to go around. 
Suddenly, the program you so care- 
fully put together in order to minister 
to the emotional and spiritual needs of 
the boys degenerates into a boys' 
babysitting service. 

Secondly, what can you do with 
the older boys? You don't have 
jnough men to have a separate group. 
But if you put them in with the 
/ounger boys they will be bored. You 
<now that if you don't challenge them 
and make them feel needed, you will 
ioon lose them to other interests. 


How does this buddy system work 
in practice? First, let's consider the 
regular weekly meeting. During the 
devotional time the older boy is 
responsible for the conduct of his 
buddy, or disciple. Incidentally, we 
have learned through experience that 
being responsible for the good behavior 
of someone else also serves as a good 
motivator for the older boy's conduct 




becomes his brother's keeper, 
constantly keeping track of his little 
disciple. This takes an enormous 
burden off the shoulders of the adult 
leadership, to know that the buddies 
are looking out for one another. 

Consider some of the values of the 
buddy system. 

1 . It helps to keep the interest of 
the older boys. They are no 
longer a fifth wheel, but a vital 
part of the overall program. 
They know that their buddies 
need them, and you need them. 

2. It provides you with the addi- 
tional help you so desperately 
need. The younger boys are 
getting the individual attention 
they needed, and it doesn't 
really seem to matter that they 
are getting it from a boy and not 
a man. They still have you for 
important things. 

3. It gives the older boys an oppor- 
tunity to become actively 
involved in the discipleship 
process, teaching and leading 
their little buddies. 

4. It gives the younger boy a model 
that he can use as a pattern for 
his own life. This fact also 
serves as a powerful motivator 
for the older boy, as he realizes 
that his partner is imitating him. 

If your church faces either of these 

How can you keep them involved? 

A possible solution to both of these 
Jroblems may be what we in Grace 
3rethren Boys call the Buddy System. 
Take one of your older boys and pair 
lim up with one of the younger tykes. 
These two will work together every 
:ime the unit meets, whether it is a 
egular weekly meeting, a special 
JUtlng, or a camping trip. In effect, 
his older boy becomes his brother's 

as well. While the training emphasis is 
being taught, the older boy serves as a 
teacher's assistant, helping his little 
buddy with the knot, first-aid skill, or 
whatever is being taught on that 
particular night. 

Does the buddy system work on 
outings, too? You bet! The two boys 
will tent together, hike together, eat 
together, and be inseparable while on 
that outing. The older boy again 

problems, I would like to highly 
recommend that you seriously con- 
sider using the buddy system. It 

If Grace Brethren Boys can assist 
your church in its ministry to the boys 
of your congregation, please contact 
us at: 

Grace Brethren Boys 

P.O. Box 416 

Winona Lake, Indiana 46590 ■ 









by Rev. Knute Larson 

Moderator of the 1981 

Conference of the Fellowship 

of Grace Brethren Churches 

I hope that you're doing 
very well in your job. 

Being a priest. 

Every Christian has the 
position and authority and 
strength to serve God as a 
priest, offering up spiritual 
sacrifices daily. And standing 
together with other priests in a 
local monastery (rather, 

What a privilege to be a 
priest and go directly to God 
and to serve Him with appre- 
ciation because the sacrifice 
offering has been made once 
for all. We can take up 
spiritual offerings and present 
them to Christ. 

"The Priesthood of 
Believers" is the theme of this 
year's national conference, and 
a good one it is. This is the 
time for churches to be calling 
all its manpower to action. 
There's so much to be done. 
And the Word needs to get out 
much better! 

Joyful, serving priests, who 
would get a good work 
commendation from their 
employer, are needed. 

We'd like to see more of our 
priests at national conference 
July 26-31 (actually, a concert 
prelude is Saturday evening, 
July 25). I think you'll enjoy 

Sometimes sections of the 

conference get dull— some 
business is just to be account- 
able or to hear a report. But 
most of what we're doing 
together is exciting. Missions 
is growing. Weren't you 
delighted that Foreign Missions 
could end the year in the 

And the Home Missions 
expansion is terrific, calling 
on all of us for help toward a 
more bountiful harvest. 

And Grace Schools is now 
daring to launch a huge cam- 
paign for the future. I'm 
excited for them and with 
them, because I'm one of 
them, since I'm a priest and 
alumnus and I know that 
vision is so important. 

The Herald communicates, 
and is getting more and more 
books out. The Board of 
Evangelism supplies special 
help on location. The Fellow- 
ship of G BC Men has a heart 
for Boys' Ministry especially, 
and the WMC has always been 
a pacesetter with missions and 
local fellowship and helps. 

GBC Christian Education is 
in touch with many to help 
in the local church. 

And that's where we all see 
it— the ball game. The action. 
The battle. The local church. 

We are a fellowship of 
churches, seeking to serve 
Christ and each other by 
helping to build more of them 
here and around the globe, 
and by strengthening what we 
now have. 

Please help, right where you 

Right now we are grappling 
with several questions about 
how much GBC churches must 
coincide in all areas of faith 

and practice. We can handle 
questions with patience and 
love, as we would in the local 
church, without altering our 
commitment to the true truth 
(to use Francis Schaeffer's 
interesting expression). 

Families handleall questions 
lovingly. Biblically, and 
patiently. And we will. 

Please consider coming to 
the convention, beginning with 
the Herald concert Saturday 
evening, and continuing with 
CE Convention, moderator's 
address, and conference 
sessions that end with 
psychologist Larry Crabb near 
Friday noon. 

It should be a full week. 
Alive. Stimulating. 

The speakers will explain 
and apply teachings about the 
present-day sacrifices of a 
priest— there are five of them 
in the New Testament plan 
for Reverends (all believers). 
Those speakers are Pastors 
Luke Kauffman, Myerstown, 
Pennsylvania; Tom Hughes, 
Torrance, California; Don 
Hocking, Central African 
Republic; and Roger Wambold, 
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. 
Then Dr. Crabb. 

PSALM 119:80-81. 

Please keep praying the 

May I call you to regular, 
faithful prayers for our growth, 
for liberation from or wasteful 
patterns of church behavior, 
and from lack of vision. 

We need all that We have a 
long way to go, and we so 
easily get bogged down with 
worries of the day, or splitting 
hairs, or even exegeting the 
Great Commission rather than 
just plain doing it! 

But we're making good 
progress, with a great heritage. 

So let's get on with the 
priesthood, and celebrate it at 
church, and together in July. u< 


NEW ART BUILDING-The former Colonial 
Apartments building on Kings Highway has been 
renovated to provide much-needed facilities for the 
Grace College Art Department. The building will be 
known as Colonial Hall and in addition to classrooms, 
a much-improved art gallery is now available for 
traveling and student exhibits. 

The facilities shown in the aerial view of 
the Grace campus on the cover of this issue 
along with the programs of the college and 
seminary have been analyzed and prioritized 
in preparation for a fund drive that will take 
care of the major needs of the two schools for 
the 1980s. 

Literature is being produced, contacts with 
foundations and individual donors are already 
beginning and committee meetings are laying 
plans for the major fund drive which was 
approved by the Board of Trustees of Grace 
Schoolsduring the spring meeting. A. E. Grill, 
Dayton, Ohio; and Ralph Grady, Waterloo, 
Iowa, both board members, are serving as co- 
chairmen of the National Committee of the 
Grace "Pursuing Priorities" campaign. 

Included in the development plan are as 
follows: expansion of Alpha Dining Commons, 
Student Services Center, Fine Arts Complex 
(2,500 seat auditorium), gymnasium reno- 
vation, and air conditioning of Philathea and 
McClain classrooms. Also being planned are a 
college residence hall and seminary housing. 
Program needswill include library acquisitions 

for the seminary, concert and lecture series 
and student aid. The capital'projects for the 
80s were determined by the critical nature of 
certain needs, with a very high priority given 
to academic integrity and spiritual strength. 

One project for the 80s has been completed. 
The former Colonial Apartments building on 
Kings Highway has been renovated to provide 
much-needed space for the growing college art 
department. The $75,000 for the project was 
paid for by specially designated plant funds 
and will in no way jeopardize the other capital 
expansion funds. 

The current project is expansion of the 
dining commons in Alpha Hall to alleviate 
long lines because of the extremely crowded 
conditions due to increasing enrollments. The 
expansion which got underway late in May 
will more than double the seating capacity of 
the dining commons from the present 260 to 
616. Approximate total cost of the project is 

Complete plans for the Campaign for the 
80s will be announced in the August issue of 
the Herald. ■ 


by Prof. William Gordon 

Business Department Chairman 
Grace College 

The business program at Grace College recognizes 
the importance of business in our contemporary 
society and also the vital need for educated Christian 
leaders to provide vision and direction to today's 
secular business world. The teaching of business is 
based on our belief that the Bible, rightly interpreted, 
is the only true guide for faith and practice because it 
is the plenary, verbally inspired Word of God, and we 
believe the Holy Spirit will use this Word to guide us 
into all truth as we seek His will. Therefore, our 
courses are based upon the teachings of the Bible. 
Information from secular textbooks must be weighed 
against His Word before we can accept it as His will, 
or guide, for us. 

We believe that the Bible contains certain absolutes 
whose interpretation for business is beyond question. 
As an example, we teach that the Bible commands us 
to be honest in our business dealings. We can never 
question this fact, although there may be a possibility 
of disagreement over whether a certain business 
practice is dishonest. In those questionable situations, 
the Christian must follow the guideline of Scripture 
to avoid all appearance of evil, even if this means 
exceeding the ethical standards of his particular 
business or industry. 

Certain other principles laid down in the Scriptures 
are also good guidelines to thinking. For example, we 
believe that the Bible clearly teaches that businessmen 
are justified in receiving a profit for their labor, risk 
and capital investment. However, it must also be 
taught that the profit may not be earned illegally or 
by contributing to the moral degradation of others. 
No one should use his Christian profession or special 
position in the church primarily as a means toward 
the earning of profit. The right to own and use private 
property is basic, and is taught in many Bible passages, 
as well as the Scriptural principle of individual 
responsibility which makes us responsible to God for 
stewardship of our time, talents and opportunities. 
The modern tendency to shift responsibility for our 
failures and welfare to society does not harmonize 
with Biblical principles. On the other hand, we must 
be careful to avoid using this principle to justify our 

individual or collective failure to help those less 
fortunate than ourselves. 

Man is by nature and choice a fallen sinner. Apart 
from the saving grace afforded in Jesus Christ, he 
tends not to good but to evil. The hope, therefore, o 
reaching ultimate solutions to our social and political 
problems by political or economic means is futile. 
This should not, however, interfere with our responsi 
bility as Christians and good citizens to seek and elec 
good government officials and to cooperate with 
them, or diminish our duty to be honest and diligent 
in our public service. We must "let all things be done 
decently and in order," and also recognize that greate 
than any other principle is the Law of Love, first 
toward God and then to our fellow man in His name. 

We teach that Christians should avoid the tendency 
to see their government as an enemy by developing ai 
"us and them" attitude. Our support of the free 
market does not blind us to the fact that there is a 
proper role for government in our highly sophisticated 
urbanized society and shrinking world. We do not 
oppose government per se— only where it assumes a 
role more properly served by the free market or by a 
individual, his family, his school, or his church. It is 
possible to see problems in many political and 
economic areas such as international development 
and trade, availability of medical care, poverty, 
environmental pollution, problems of the aged, and 
abuse of drugs, and to offer free-market alternatives 
to those socialist solutions usually offered. Althougf 
these free-market alternatives may not be Biblical I 
commands, they are consistent with the basic ' 

Scriptural principles of individual responsibility and 
the fallen, sinful nature of man. 

Christian students of business also need to be 
discriminating in their support of particular individual 
and issues. There is "the ever-present danger of laying 
exclusive claim to the authority of Christ and His 
Word for views and programs that are in fact shaped 
at least as much by one's own economic, ethnic, soci< 
and psysiological situation as by Biblical exegesis . . . 
we should take care to distinguish between the explici 
commands of God and the inferences we draw— 

lowever compelling they seem— in applying these 
:ommands to the issues of our time." (Editorial, 
Christianity Today, May 10, 1974 issue, p. 33.) 
Students are encouraged to look at issues, to 
Jetermine how the issues relate to them, to weigh the 
)ros and cons of each issue, and to avoid assigning 
noral and immoral labels to non-moral issues. 
Students should analyze those groups who support 
ind those who oppose certain solutions to a problem 
n order to try to correlate possible benefits and costs 
jf these groups with the particular solutions they 

'advocate. One must be careful of advocating on 
Biblical grounds, certain political actions having little 
elation to evangelical Christianity. 

Perhaps the largest potential contribution of 
jrace's business department can be in the area of 
nhical behavior in business. God promises special 
wisdom to those who commit their ways to Him. We 
jelieve that our greatest contribution is training 
ikillful businessmen and women that provide a clear 
definition of Christian ethical behavior. Many 
espectable industries and professions are pursuing 
Dractices which are ethically doubtful. The world is 
earching for a basis for their ethics. The Christian 
jusinessman and professional man have a chance to 

, Drovide that standard, for only they have the true, 
jolid base not subject to the shifting tides of our 
nodern societal norms. As Paul says in his letter to 
he Colossians: 

Since, then, you have been raised with Christ, set 
your hearts on things above, where Christ is seated at 
the right hand of God. Set your minds on things 
above, not on earthly things. For you died, and your 
life is now hidden with Christ in God. When Christ, 
who is your life, appears, then you also will appear 
with him in glory. Put to death, therefore, whatever 
belongs to your earthly nature: sexual immorality, 
impurity, lust, evil desires and greed, which is idolatry. 
Because of these, the wrath of God is coming. You 
used to walk in these ways, in the life you once lived. 
But now you must rid yourselves of all such things as 
these: anger, rage, malice, slander, filthy language. Do 
not lie to each other, since you have taken off your 
old self with its practices and have put on the new self, 
which is being renewed in knowledge in the image of 
its Creator. Therefore, as God's chosen people, holy 
and dearly loved, clothe yourselves with compassion, 
kindness, humility, gentleness and patience. Bear with 
each other and forgive whatever grievances you may 
have against one another. Forgive as the Lord forgave 
you. And over all these virtues put on love, which 
binds them all together in perfect unity (3: 1-14 Nl V). 

r Ve believe that these Biblically based standards will 
lot only ease the ethical burdens of business but that 
hose who display such standards will prosper, 
larticularly if they remain faithful to their Lord and 
D their vocation. We are convinced that the Bible 
rovides the ultimate guidelines for all parts of our 
ves. If followed, they will provide new life, happiness, 

i ;reater success, satisfaction, and unlimited rewards. 
In the Old Testament, Solomon said: "In every- 
Ting you do put God first, and He will direct you 
ind crown your efforts with success." And Paul tells 
s: "Whatever your task, work heartily, knowing that 
■'om the Lord you will receive the inheritance as 
iour reward." ■ 




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year Grace Schools received a record amount 
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over 100 people involved. 

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to those who realized the benefits of a 
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by Vance Christie 

Grace College has formed its own S.W.A.T. 
team, a brand new strategic ministry corps 
with a mission more important than any 
drama Hollywood has ever produced. That 
mission, a twofold one, is to encourage 
churches in evangelizing their communities, 
and to aid in taking the Gospel to the people 
in the area of the churches. 

During the spring semester, a Soul Winning 
Action Team (S.W.A.T.) of 35 college students 
spenttwo pilot-run weekends attheWoodville 
Grace Brethren Church in Mansfield, Ohio, 
pastored by Duke Wallace. The congregation 
of 209 members responded remarkably to the 
challenge of evangelizing its community, 
having over 100 church people participate in a 
pair of Saturday afternoon outreach sessions. 
The Lord blessed these efforts richly, allowing 
the participants to knock on over 2,100 
doors and to lead 25 people to Christ. The 
church has taken charge of following up and 
discipling the new believers. 

S.W.A.T. was initiated early in the semester 
by College Chaplain Kevin Muggins. He 
combined two separate service concepts— a 
personal evangelism team and a rally evangelism 
team— to form the present ministry. 

As the semester began, Huggins presented 
the program to potential leaders of the 
ministry. After taking applications from 
interested individuals, several specialized sub- 
groups, to deal with drama, music, evangelism 
and counseling, were formed. The sub-groups 
met on their own for several weeks for 
instruction and prayer. During that pre- 
paratory time, three general sessions were also 
held for all of the 35 persons involved with 
the S.W.A.T. ministry. During these group 
meetings, music was rehearsed, guidelines for 
ministry for hosting-believers were laid, and 
prayer for the success of the total ministry was 

Tom Bennardo, a junior from Columbus, 
Indiana, is the S.W.A.T. ministry leader. 
Directing the sub-groups are: Drama— Junior 
Ginger Schneider of Nappanee, Indiana; Music- 
Senior Beth Buhler of Warsaw, Indiana; and 
Sophomore Steve Makofka, New Holland, 
Pennsylvania; Evangelism— Sophomore Scott 
Miles of Lakewood, California; and Counsel- 
ing-Sophomore Duane Wilson of Fremont, 

The plan for a S.W.A.T. ministry group is 
to spend two weekends during the semester at 
an interested church. On the first Friday 
evening, team members meet with church 
brethren to share a get-acquainted fellowship 
time and to pray. Saturday morning begins 
with a brief seminar on evangelism, led by one 
of the team members. Saturday afternoon of 
the first week is taken up in whatever type of 
calling the local church has organized— door 
to door, in malls, at rest homes, and so forth. 
Saturday evening, team members help the 
local church in whatever way they can, 
perhaps by cleaning the church or by making 
minor repairs. On Sunday morning team 
members are available to help with Sunday 
school classes, present special music or 
dramatic plays, or give testimonies. 

The program planned for the second week- 
end is much the same. The main difference is 
that on Saturday evening a public rally is held. 
People are invited to attend this meeting 
during the two afternoon calling sessions. 
Music and drama presentations, testimonies 
and an evangelistic challenge make up this 

It is hoped that this semester's S.W.A.T. 
effort was just the beginning of a continuing 
aggressive and productive evangelism effort. 
Grace is hoping to see three Soul Winning 
Action Teams, each with about 40 members, 
formed this fall. Any churches interested in 
hosting a S.W.A.T. team for two weekends are 
encouraged to contact Chaplain Huggins at 
Grace College. ■ 


1. Ehud's father (Judges 3:15) 

2. Son of Jahath (1 Chron. 4:2) 

3. A minor prophet 

4. Region near Babylon (2 Kings 17:24) 

5. Son of Heman (1 Chron. 25:4) 

6. Son of Man (Mark 1:9) 

7. Kind of crime (Job 31:11) 
9. Myself (1 Sam. 25:24) 

10. David's gatekeeper (1 Chron. 26:7) 

13. A king of Egypt (2 Kings 17:4) 

14. Son of Onam (1 Chron. 2:28) 

15. Residence (Judges 19:9) 

18. Israelite camp (Num. 33:18) 

19. City of Melchizedek (Gen. 14:18) 
21. Among (Acts 14:14) 

23. Chewing tools (Matt. 8:12) 
25. King of Geran (Gen. 20:2) 

26. Night rest (Gen. 28:11) 

27. Third person pronoun (Gen. 3:6) 

30. Near (Prov. 7:12) 

31. Man's work (Acts 17:29) 
34. Started (Gen. 4:26) 
37. God is the "I . . ." (Exod. 3:14) 

38. Going up (2 Kings 20:11) 

40. Mouth piece (Isa. 6:5) 

41. Miss or Mrs. 




42. Household god 

44. Jungle man 

45. African antelope 

50. Three domino or card 

52. Abraham's home (Gen. 1 1 :28) 

53. Detroit name 


1. Nabor's son (Gen. 22:24) 
6. Name for God (Exod. 6:3) 
8. Eternal city (Rev. 21:10) 
11. The or that (Ezra 4:15) 
12. Falsehoods (1 Tim. 4:2) 
14. King after Ahab (1 Kings 19:26) 
Moses' brother (Exod. 4:14) 
17. Else (Gen. 24:49) 

19. An Aegean island (Acts 20:15) 

20. King of Hamath (2 Sam. 8:9) 
22. Third person pronoun (Gen. 3:6) 
24. First man (Gen. 2:19) 

26. Family of God (Num. 26:15) 
28. Ribbon (Exod. 28:28) 
Lord of joy (Jer. 40:4) 
32. Article (Dan. 6:2) 
33. Headwear (Exod. 28:4) 

35. Sinai or Nebo (Abbre.) 

36. Female servant (Gen. 20:17) 
39. HiU of salt (Ezra 2:59) 
43. Crippled (Matt. 15:30) 

46. Mt. Nebo (Num. 21:20) 

47. Falling ice (Exod. 9:18) 

48 . Capital of Moab (Num . 2 1 : 1 5 ) 

49. Eliasaph's father (Num. 3:24) 
51. Flog or whip (Mark 10:34) 
54. King of Gezer (Joshua 10:33) 

cpr Quest Books 1980 



current news items of help and interest to you as Brethren 

We have come to the delightful month of June and it holds so many delightful 
thoughts. For me, June is not a month but my dear wife. For others it is the 
time of year for weddings, vacations, graduations and other happy events in 
life. For many it is a time for Vacation Bible School. 

But at the Missionary Herald it is the beginning of a short two-month 
emphasis throughout the Fellowship for the Herald offering. This has been 
true as long as I have been in the Grace Brethren Church. Sometimes we hear 
the question ' 'Why is there an offering for an organization that has other 
sources of income through sales and fees?' ' Several of our national 
organizations fall into this category-Grace Schools, Grace Village and 
Brethren Missionary Herald all receive their major source of income through 
fees. But the fees charged do not cover the total costs of operating the 

Through the years, offerings received from the Fellowship have made it 
possible for the Missionary Herald to build our building and purchase more 
than a quarter of a million dollars worth of printing presses and equipment. 
It is also true that we could not have kept the Herald magazine coming your 
way had it not been for the offering. It comes as a surprise to many to 
discover that during the past ten years we have used more than $100,000 in 
offering funds to publish and mail the Herald . To put it another way, the 
help from the other Brethren organizations and the subscription income fell 
$100,000 short of the costs to publish the magazine. As you can readily see, 
the offering not only helps, but it is necessary to enlarge the scope of our 
work. Here's an example: Ten years ago a division called BMH Books came into 
existence. It involves seeking manuscripts, preparing, printing and 
distributing books on a wholesale and retail basis. We now have 135 books in 
print from this area and must carry $100,000 worth of inventory at all 
times. Our work does not produce profits large enough for us to sustain a 
book publishing operation. Your offerings make it possible. 

June and July are important to us at BMH. These months provide the sources 
with which we exist and grow, and we are interested in growing. We are 
looking now at a whole new department of radio broadcasting and sharing with 
Moody Bible Institute in getting broadcasts into new areas. You will hear 
more about this later. So what can you do? During June or July, write out a 
check, m.ark it as a gift to the Herald, and drop it in your church offering. 
You will be glad you did and all of us 
at the Herald will thank you for fellow workers with us in the 
ministry of comm.unication. We believe 
Brethren people have something 
to say, and you can help us say it.B 


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JULY 1981 

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"O BeautifuL for . . . 




Reflections By Still Waters 

Charles W. Turner 

America is beautiful! There is 
no question about it in my mind. I 
do not make any claims about 
being a great world traveler, but I 
have had the opportunity to visit 
20 countries of the world. When it 
comes to a country with a wide 
variety of scenery, we have it! The 
mountains of both the East and 
West have their own unique char- 
acteristics. We in Indiana sometimes 
take a lot of kidding about our flat 
lands, and Midwesterners take pride 
in being able to feed not only the 
United States, but also many other 
countries in the world. 

The Southwest desert land has its 
own pictures to paint of a strange 
beauty. America is wide in miles, 
deep in change of terrain, and long 
on having a history of being a place 
that adjusts to the changing times. 
Our history is short by many 
standards of time. The Romans are 
centuries old as a nation, and the 
Chinese and Egyptian heritages 
make us look like youngsters in 
world affairs. 

Many of the achievements of 
mankind have come from this 
young person on the world scene. 
We have been generous with our 
benefits and have shared our increase 
with the world. Possibly there has 
never been a country that has 
opened its heart to the needs of 
others as we have done. 

We are not without faults, and it 
seems we have entered a period of 
history in which ws must face up to 
some of our mistakes. We are now 
suffering the pains that are world- 

wide in scope— the problem of a 
loss of direction. The world is 
literally seething with unrest and 
rebellion at the present time. The 
historians may well write over our 
times-"REBELLION." Countless 
causes are being espoused and then 
called to the world's attention by 
some act of terrorism. Blood runs 
free— all in the name of someone's 
particular cause. This is not new, 
but it is much more widespread 
than in former periods of time. It 
seems that the world is crying for 
direction and this could be the time 
that they may find their answer- 
though not the right answer— in the 
Man of Sin, the Antichrist. 

Our own nation feels this strain. 
On a recent weekend, the New 
York City bomb squads answered 
dozens of calls about bombs in 
different locations. We, as a nation, 
seem to have come to the place 
where we have overfinanced our- 
selves and all of the bills are coming 
due at the same time. We have 
charged for past services rendered, 
the goods have all been used, and 
the bills with massive interest await 
repayment. Such questions as 
Social Security and help for the 
masses confront us and their futures 
remain in doubt. Competition 
from other nations seems greater 

than we could have imagined ten or 
fifteen years ago. We are hurting 
where we have never hurt before. 
Doubts and questions loom and 
people are confused. We have 
found our way to the moon, but 
now we dare not venture down- 
town. Shall we, or can we, continue 
to move forward with our plans? 
Who will pay the bill? This gener- 
ation? Or, shall we leave the bill to 
our children, plus interest? 

For years, in order to flee from 
the problems, we took to the 
country and left behind the decaying 
cities. Now, the cost of a car and 
the gasoline bill prevent our escape. .. 
Drugs on the street are available 
and we decry their usage, but no 
one has lifted his voice where addic- 
tion has reached epidemic levels. 
The middle-income Americans are 
probably the worst drug offenders 
in the country. No objections are 
raised; just the street crowd is 

America is still beautiful! Stand 
by a rippling stream in the Smoky 
Mountains and it is so peaceful there 
appears to be no problems in the 
world. In the majesty of the 
Rockies there is strength, and in the 
early morning hours the sun comes 
up over the Grand Canyon— all 
seems to be well with the world. A 
quiet woods with spring flowers 
gently pushing through the grass 
says, "All is not lost." 

We as Americans need a fresh 
look at our direction and mission. 
The best place to find both is in the 
pages of God's Word. 


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Mount Rainer National Park, Paradise, Washington, 
strong Roberts photo) 

(H. Arm- 

repcrted in the herald 

35 YEARS AGO-1946 

A prayer request was given for Miss Ruth Kent as she entered her 
chosen field of service in Africa, to establish a school for the mis- 
sionaries' children .... The framework for the new Home Missions 
church at Osceola, Indiana was going up. Ward Miller was pastor. 

15 YEARS AGO-1966 

The speaker for the evening hour at National Conference was Charles 
Allen .... The Brethren Investment Foundation celebrated its tenth 
birthday, and had grown to $5,000,000 in assets. Mr. Elmer Tamkin, 
financial secretary, served with Ralph Hall, Jerry Browning, Lester 
Pifer, and Frank Poland as the loan committee. 

5 YEARS AGO-1976 

A portrait of Dr. Alva J. McClain, first president of Grace College 
and Seminary, was placed in the Christian Hall of Fame at Canton, 
Ohio .... The Grace Brethren Church of St. Petersburg, Fla., held 
a "Family Olympics" with Pastors William Tweeddale and Sam Baer 
coordinating the event. 


Dear Editor, 

May I express my thanks to you and the staff of the 
Brethren Missionary Herald for the Herald magazine. The 
magazine continues to improve in quality with each issue. It 
serves such a vital role of keeping Brethren throughout the 
country informed as to our fellowship's progress and news. 
We all appreciate your work. —Florida 

Editor, Charles W. Turner 
Managing Editor, Kenneth E. Herman 
Production Manager, Bruce Brickel 
Artist, Mary Jane Fretz 
Editorial Secretary, Omega Sandy 
Departmental Editors^ 

Christian Education: 

Knute Larson, Ginny Toroian 
- Foreign Missions: 

John W. Zielasko, Nora Macon 

Grace Brethren Boys: ' 

Mike Ostrander 

Grace Brethren Men: 

Harold Hollinger 

Grace Schools: 

Dr. Homer A. Kent, Jr., Don Cramer 

Home Missions: 

Dr. Lester E. Pifer, Brad Skiles 

Women's Missionary -Council: 

Linda Hoke 


Volume 43 

Number 7 

July 1981 


4 The Largest Grace Brethren Church 

in the World 
7 The Butterfly Church 
10 Changed Lives: an Argentine Family 
12 BHMC Progress Report - 1981 Goals 
16 A Tribute to an Old Navajo Christian 
Elder, Lee Trujillo 

19 Real to Reel 

20 What Was It Like Before ... the Genesis 

22 The Deadliest Sin Facing the Christian 

23 What's It Like to Live with a Priest? 

24 Touch^ 

25 Hoping to Help 

27 Homespun 

28 Missionary Letters 

29 What to Pray for Your Missionaries 
34 Seminary Applying for Accreditation 

bitih features 

• Reflections By Still Waters 2 • 
• BMH News Report 38* 

The Largest 
Grace Brethren Churc^ 

in the World 

Pastor Noel Gaiwaka is a patriarch of the Brethren 
Church in the C.A.R. 

by Rosella Cochran 

"Blessed be the name, blessed be the name, blessed 
be the name of the Lord." 

The tune is the same and the harmony is beautiful, 
but the words are in French. Two choirs— 80 or more 
members— join voices to express in song their joy in 
the Lord. One choir is composed of young men and 
women; the other is adults. Today they sing without 
accompaniment as they mal<e their way down the 
two aisles and take their places at the two sides of the 
raised platform at the front of the Castors Brethren 
Church in Bangui, Central African Republic. 

Pastor Pascal has charge of the services, and when 
the choir members are in place, he asks the congre- 
gation to stand. He prays, then the congregation 
joins the choir in the opening hymn of praise to the 

At 7 a.m. the church is not full, because at this 
time of year the city is still shrouded in the cold night 
air, and the crowd is slow in gathering. But before 
the end of the service at 8:15, most of the straight 
wooden benches are full. 

A count is taken— about 1 ,500, an average crowd. 
Young people dominate the scene. What a sea of 
black faces! And with each face is a heart— a 

Young people and children often dominate the 
scene at the Castors church. 

receptacle ready to be filled with promises, warnings, 
and exhortations from the Word of God. 

Preaching this morning is a gueat speaker- 
missionary Dr. Don Muchmore who has been teaching 
in the schools at Yaloke for three years. He reminds 
these young people that election day in the C.A.R. is 
a day of historical significance for them and for their 
country. His text is Romans 1 1:33—12:2, his 
message is a challenge to young and old alike, because 
they will all play an important role in the future of 
their country. 

Choice of Services 

This early morning service is one of several that 
take place in the Castors church every Sunday. 

Following the service in French is the Sunday school 
hour. Then at 9 a.m. the church is filled to over- 
flowing with a new congregation. 

In this service we see a good cross section of the 
population of Bangui. Young and old, rich and poor, 
black and white (very few whites)— they all come 
together with no apparent respect of persons and 
take part in the service conducted in the Sango 
language. The record combined attendance at the 
two morning services was 4,200. The average is 
approximately 3,000. 

At 4 p.m. today, a program geared especially for 
high school and college age young people is planned. 
The meeting is led by a young man who is a student 

The Mother Church 

In 1954, the Jobsons moved to Bangui from 
Bozoum, accompanied by Pastor Noel Gaiwaka, a 
faithful servant of the Lord. At that time a number 
of Brethren folks were already in the city, and with a 
little help from missionaries a healthy church was 
soon established. 

In 1958, the present building was erected. The 
people had a vision, so space and seating was provided 
for 2,000 people. In a very few years it was evident 

Part of the early service choir prepares to enter 
the church. 

that another building was needed. Some attenders 
came from far away, so a second Brethren church was 
established near the military base at the opposite end 
of the city. Since then there have been multiplication 
and division until Mother Castors now has 15 
"children," all self-supporting and most of them 
showing constant grovrth. Before the end of 1981 , it 
is expected that number 17 will have been born. 

Precinct Evangelism 

Each of the sixteen Brethren churches in the 
Bangui district has its own plan and program for 
growth and expansion, but let us focus on the Castors 
area. It is a large residential area where there are 19 
distinct precincts or neighborhoods. In each of 
these, the people come together almost every day 
of the week for teaching and/or fellowship in the 
Word of God. The early morning prayer meeting is 
not as popular as it once was, but at 5 a.m. the call 
comes. There is probably no place in the city where 
one could escape hearing the bell, the clang of an old 
car wheel, or another metallic ring. In the after- 
noon the call comes again. Some of the meeting 
places are not buildings, only temporary enclosures, 
usually located near the home of the leader of the 
group. A typical schedule of activities at these after- 
noon meetings is: 

Monday and Tuesday-^\b\e messages given by 

a local layman-teacher or deacon 
H/ec/nescya/-Memorization of Bible verses 
Thursday— V\lorr\er\'s meetings (OTN) and 
business meetings for church leaders 
Friday— B\b\e messages 
Safwrc/aK— Testimony time— thanksgiving and 

Sunday afternoons— Se\/era\ precincts come 
together for services in one of the local 
meeting places. There is no regular 

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evening service at the mother church. 
Some people, the elderly and the crippled, 
are never able to attend the morning serv- 
ices at the mother church, so the afternoon 
services give them opportunity to hear 
the Word and participate. 

Why the Growth? 

Pastor Noel was asked to write his ideas as to how 
and why the Castors church has experienced such 
growth. He could have written a treatise of many 
pages, giving the details of his untiring efforts in 
evangelism and teaching during his many years as 
pastor of the church. Here is what he reported: 
The Castors church has grown by the grace 

of God. God has given the members a desire to 

work, and they are seeking and winning souls. 

The faithful are many in the church. There is 

no way to count them. 

The Lord promises, "I will build My church." 

And He's doing that! 

Pastoral Staff 

Gaiwaka, Noel, is first, of course, and the "baba" of 
the group. He is now at least 70 years old and is 
still very alert and active. The younger men seem 
to have a great deal of respect for him. 

Moehama. Paul, is a graduate from the Bible Institute 
and the School of Theology when it was located at 
the Bible Center near Bozoum. He has many gray 

Charter members of the Castors church 
include (seated I. to r.) Pastor Noel 
Gaiwaka and Deacon Gaston Kpagna; 
(standing) Ndakala Anne, deaconess and 
president of one of the precinct OTN 
groups; Batengal Alice, deaconess and 
long-term president of OTN; and 
Jeanne-Marie, deaconess, wife of Gaston, 
and efficient leader of the girls' work. 

hairs, perhaps indicating the degree of capability 
which he has attained. One of his sons and a son- 
in-law are choir leaders in the church. 

Ndomale, Joseph, is now known among the Brethren 
In the States. He is on educational leave from the 
church and is in Grace Seminary at Winona Lake, 

Bendima, David, Is a graduate from the Bible Institute 
and the School of Theology at Yaloke. He is of 
the younger set and is known for his vivaciousness. 

Service, Pascal, graduated from the School of Theology 
at Yaloke, having taken six years of schooling 

Namssene, Elie, graduated from the School of 

Theology at Yaloke and for a time was director of 
the high school there. He is a student-pastor and is 
on the pastoral staff and at the same time works 
on a degree at the university in the field of 

Testimony of One of the Choir Leaders 

Isaac Feimonozoui is the son-in-law of Pastor Paul 
and he shares his testimony: 

Our spiritual fathers, that is our pastors, are 
happy with the church choirs, and they heartily 
recommend that the youth of the church join 
the choirs. The young people and the choirs 
need the prayers of God's people. There is a 
good spirit of cooperation between the leaders 
and the choir members. The leaders love the 
members, and they teach them the Word of 
God at the same time they are teaching them 
music. The choir leaders compose new and 
pretty songs which attract people to become 
choir members. There are four choirs at 
Castors: two for the Sango service and two for 
the French service. ■ 

The Butterfly church has its first 
missionaries going to A fries 
this fall. Les and Ruth 
Vnasdale are antici- \ v^ 

pating ministering 
in the C.A. R. 
and then the 

To raise prayer and financial sup- 
port and a new awareness 
of missions, the church 
sponsored a banquet 
in the Vnasdale's 
honor "Wings 
Across the 
was its 

Above: the Mansfield Grace Brethren Church missions logo. 
Below: Jesse Deioe served as M.C. for the festive occasion. 


by Pastor J. Hudson Thayer 

The greatest truths are 
simple. And so are the greatest 
persons. Note how short 
these "imnnortal words" are: 

"Give me liberty or give me 

"The Lord is my Shepherd, 
I shall not want . . ." 

"To be or not to be, that is 
the question . . ." 

(Continued on page 8) 

(Continued from page 7) 

"Greater love hath no man 
than this, that a man lay down 
his life for his friends . . ." 

"The only thing we have to 
fear is fear itself. . . ." 

The Apostle Paul warns the 
Corinthians, "I fear lest by 
any means, as the serpent be- 
guiled Eve through his crafti- 
ness, so your minds should be 
corrupted from the simplicity 
that is in Christ" (2 Cor. 11:3). 

Our world has become so 
complex. We are drowning in 
a sea of perplexity. Nothing is 
simple! In an attempt to re- 
spond to so many and diverse 
signals, we Christians may 
have forgotten our purpose. 

Communists are quite clear 
about their aim, you know. 
They have never concealed it, 
and it is something that is 
immensely meaningful to 
every Communist. It is a 
communistic world. In the 
past half-century they have 
achieved one-third of that aim. 
That's a remarkable accom- 

What is the clear purpose of 
the Church? 

Jesus succinctly expresses 

the aim of the Church, "Go ye, 
therefore, and teach all 
nations, baptizing . . . teaching 
them to observe all things 
whatsoever I have commanded 
you. ..." An evangelized 
world! That's Jesus' aim in 
magnificent, eloquent sim- 

One Communist confessed, 
"For years I stood on the 
sidelines watching the fight, 
admiring the party members 
for all they were doing, but 
without being directly 
involved. Then a national 
crisis blew up, and I came to 
believe that, feeling as I did, 
I had no right at such a time 
to be just a spectator when 
others were giving so much. I 

Jake and Freda 
Kiiever were special 
missionary guests. The 
Klievers were the first 
missionaries to minister 
In the Chad. 

had to come in and join the 
struggle. I would have been 
betraying myself had I not 
done so." 

Today great international 
crises bring untold misery and 
helplessness into the world. 
Jesus' simplicity whispers 
amid the chaos, WO R LD 
slogan has been adopted by 
our Mansfield Grace Brethren 
Church. A butterfly, symbolic 
of metamorphosis, with out- 
stretched wings over the world 
depicts the meaning of the 
words, "World Hope— Evangel- 
ism." We are immensely com- 
mitted to bring hope to the 
world by declaring the Gospel 
here at home and sponsoring 

that declaration around the 

But how can one church 
evangelize the world? 

We have been seeking ways 
to fulfill the Great Commis- 
sion. We feel small and 
insignificant in this world. 
Often we suffer from a 
"minority complex." Yet, 
Jesus added an addendum to 
His Church Commission, "and 
lo, I am with you always, even 
unto the end of the age" (Matt. 
28:20 NASB). He makes it 

God has privileged our local 
church with the opportunity 
to be a Sending Church. Les 
and Ruth Vnasdale, part of our 
flock, have responded to 

God's call to Africa and will 
be leaving for language study 
in August of this year. 

Our church's Foreign 
Mission Commission studied 
the possibility of assuming 
their support. These men of 
faith and vision shared their 
dream with the whole congre- 
gation. I'll never forget that 
Sunday night when the con- 
gregation met to commit 
themselves to Jesus' simple 
plan, the Great Commission. 
The members responded to 
the challenge and added the 
$28,000 goal to current goal 
levels. Now our weekly For- 
eign Missions need is $878. 

In view of the world 
economic crisis, was such a 

Jesse reads the formal letter of appoint- 
ment from Grace Brethren Foreign 
Missions to Les and Ruth. 

Step wise? 

I believe that this step of 
commitment to Jesus' Great 
Commission was the biggest 
and best decision of our 
church this year. It was the 
most unselfish thing we ever 
did. And with God's help, we 
can do it! 

Remember the butterfly- 
changed into something 
beautiful. It promises hope 
and symbolizes evangelism 
with its wings spread over the 

Yes, the greatest truths are 
simple. And it's not always 
easy to follow the truths. But 
God promises that He will be 
with us always. Each church 
and each Christian can have an 
impact on world evangelism. 

"Go therefore and make 
disciples of all the nations, 
baptizing them in the name of 
the Father and the Son and 
the Holy Spirit, teaching them 
to observe all that I com- 
manded you; and lo, I am with 
you always, even to the end of 
the age" (Matt. 18:19-20 
NASB). ■ 

Les addresses the banquet 


by Juan Ricardo Daniel Ghilioni 

An Argentine Convert 

This is the testimony of my 
conversion, nny arrival at the True 
Way. I hope it will be a reflection 
of the work of those who leave 
their honneland and family and 
position to fulfill His divine pre- 
cept of preaching the Word. 

I live in a suburban neighbor- 
hood in the province of Buenos 
Aires which is generally known as 
the greater Buenos Aires area. My 
lovely wife, Maria Elena, and I 
have two sons. Christian Marcelo 
who is almost eight years old, and 
Pablo Daniel who is a newborn 

Now that you've met my family, 
I want to tell you about some 
neighbors (ex-neighbors, that is, 
since they have moved) named 
Futch. Earl is a tall, smiling North 
American pastor, complete with 
plaid shirts and chewing gum (one 
of the middle class Americans we 
here in Argentina see in the movies, 
but never expect to know person- 
ally). His wife, Lite, is a tremendous 
worker and a descendent of Latin 
people. At first sight I thought her 
to be an Argentine. Finally, but 
not least, their daughter Lynette is 
an adolescent who seemed only to 
have the traits of obedience to her 
parents and a lack of addiction to 
smoking and alcohol. Her parents 
don't have these practices either. 

These are the persons who one 
day arrived to live in the building 
where my apartment is. Together 
with them came their faith, their 
beliefs, their customs, and some 
young peoples' meetings. These 
meetings attracted attention 
because of their frequency, the 
space-people conflict (little space, 
many people), and the young 
people's joy. 

As good Latin Americans, we 
came into their lives to offer our 
friendship and to be curious. 
Dictionary in hand, we spent the 
first week trying to find out some 
personal data and eating, because, 
brethren, in Argentina everything 
is done with a full plate in front. 

But the Lord filled them with 
great grace. Their family state was 


such that we saw the difference. 
Whereas our happiness waned, they 
would remain unscathed, and they 
would welcome people and enjoy 
them after a long exhausting day. 

Harvest time came for the 
Futches because they had sowed in 
our lives the true way to be a 
Christian. And one Sunday, they 
harvested us for God. 

On the Sunday of which I am 
speaking, they suggested showing to 
us a color and sound film in which 
was depicted the time when the 
Lord will take His children to His 
presence and separate them from 
the many whom He will leave on 
the earth, so they will see and 
suffer a time of "gnashing of teeth." 

My wife and I said to each 
other: "What are we doing far away 
from the Lord?" 

So we went to the Futches and 
found "The Way." We also found 
the Don Bosco church and Pastor 
Coria and his family who began to 
have familiar names and faces. 

Today we are studying, we have 
faith, and we are growing in Christ. 
Greetings to you, brethren, who 
have helped to proclaim the Word. 
Today I am one of you, and this is 
my testimony for you. ■ 

by Maria Elena Ghilioni 

An Argentine Convert 

I was asked to give my testi- 
mony, and I don't know if I'm 
going to know how to do it. But 
I'm asking Jesus to help me in this 
task which is hard for me. I pray 
He will let met be clear in what I 
want to say in the following lines. 

My life with Jesus began like 

A little over a year ago, in Sep- 
tember to be exact, a North 
American family moved into the 
apartment next to ours. This 
family was made up of three mem- 
bers: Earl, the father; Lita, the 
mother; and Lynette, the daughter 
We found out that the family was 
larger and extended to the United 
States with two more children, a 
boy and a girl each around 20 year 
of age. The youngest child was the 
only one living with them here. 

I have an alarming way of com- 
municating with everyone. I'm 
liable to loan my TV set to a 
neighbor 15 minutes after I've met 
them. Thus, it was that the very 
day they moved, I tried to make 
friends with the Futches. Shortly 
after I met them, I learned that Ea 
was a pastor. This gave me confi- 
dence by confirming to me that 
they were good people. 

We could hardly understand 
each other except when Ricardo, 
my husband, was around, because 


an Argentine Family 

th his broken English we were 
le to say some things which were 

Earl and Lita always demon- 
ated a great desire to learn 
lidly, although the first to 
nage was Lynette, a sweet young 
who did not seem a whole lot 
e other kids her age. She was 
d still is something special. They 
)uld come to our apartment, and 
A! would go to theirs frequently. 
Ita and I seemed like Indians as 
( r conversations were limited to 
(;king up a cup, a plate, or a 
iDon and pointing at it. I would 
'i/ the Spanish word for it, and 
Ita would repeat it and then give 
;1e English word, and I would 
rseat it. The result is that she now 
seaks Spanish and I still know no 
liglish. I guess I turned out to be a 
litter teacher than pupil. 

As soon as we could understand 
i:h other a little, all five of us 
V)uld take a dictionary in hand 
;d would talk using the dictionary 
1r about one in every six words. 
/ least it was progress! After 
.'Tie ii,Tie it was not necessary to 
13 the dictionary at all. The con- 
\'sations would turn toward 
:(\iristi;iiiiity, insofar as the Futch 
1nily was concerned. 

Ricardo and I commented to 
«:h other that those people lived 
('ferently. They always had 
lends over. They never criticized 
;yone. They always welcomed us 

with a smile, even when we got 
them out of bed at an inopportune 
time. They never complained, even 
though many times they had much 
more reason to complain than we 

As I was a Catholic, I didn't 
quite understand some things about 
the Christian life they practiced. 
Since I had never read the Bible and 
was only a hearer of the Catholic 
faith, nothing was done for my 
spiritual life. 

They invited me to participate in 
their meetings with the other be- 
lievers. They allowed me to partici- 
pate without any pressure or 
obligation. That free choice 
without pressure on their part and 
their leading an exemplary life 
made me get closer to Jesus Christ. 

One afternoon while Ricardo 
was working, they invited me to go 
to the Don Bosco church to see the 
film "Thief in the Night." I was 
sorry to tell them I did not feel well 
enough go to. Not five minutes 
later. Earl came up with the 
solution. They would show the 
film for us the next day in our 
home. Thus, we all were happy. 

I never imagined that this would 
be the beginning of a new life for 

As we had arranged, the next 
day they came to our home with 
their big projector, and set set up a 
makeshift movie theater complete 
with our oldest son. Christian, 

selling candies from a tray he had 
made with a few candies rattling 
around on it. 

Up until then it seemed like a 
game. Little by little the atmo- 
sphere changed. The film went on, 
and I became a whirlwind of con- 
tradictory emotions. My head 
seemed like a computer that was 
about to explode. 

After they showed the film. 
Earl and Lita went to Pastor 
Coria's home. Ricardo and I went 
to bed to watch TV without any 
comments. Finally I gathered up 
the courage and said, "Ricky, when 
the rapture occurs, I don't want to 
stay here." Ricardo said he didn't 
either. So we began to make plans 
for the future; although we had 
many doubts, because I only knew 
about Jesus Christ what the 
catechism said and what we had 
recited at school. 

I was always known for my lack 
of interest in religious subjects. I 
had never stopped to think what 
would happen to me after I died. I 
didn't really want to be better. I 
always hid behind the fact that I 
was a bad Catholic. I criticized the 
church and its members, but in so 
doing I was only hiding the painful 
truth from myself: I could do 
nothing for my own salvation. 

That very night, completely on 
my own, I resolved to live because 
of and for Christ. 

I was not very original, as I 
copied what the main character of 
the film had said. I accepted Christ 
as my only Saviour. 

I don't remember when I told 
Ricardo. I only know he did not 
oppose me. On the contrary, he 
seemed happy. 

My son Christian, only seven 
years old, did the same the next 
afternoon aftering hearing the 
explanation of Earl and myself. 
Ricardo accepted Jesus a few days 
later in the Futch apartment. 

What I do want to tell you is 
that today I have a peace inside 
that is different. To tell the truth, 
it's the first time I've had spiritual 

Thank you for helping me to 
come to Jesus. 

May God bless all of you. ■ 

An Interview with 

Larry Chamberlain, 



by Brad Skiles 

In January of 1981 The Brethren Home Missions 
Council ambitiously introduced a list of objectives for 
this year. Starting out rather small, the list rapidly 
grew into a multiple-page listing of specific inter- 
mediate goals for 1981. 

Six months have now passed. It is legitimate to ask, 
"What has happened? How are we progressing?" 

Along with these questions it may be good to 
review why the Council set these objectives and goals. 

Hoping to define the Council's progress with its 
1981 objectives, Mr. Larry Chamberlain, adminis- 
trative coordinator for The Brethren Home Missions 
Council, recently answered these questions: 

Skiles: Larry, why the big emphasis on corporate 
goals? Is this some l<ind of a gimmick? 

Chamberlain: No, it's not a gimmick. Goals are a 
necessity if we are to be good stewards. We 
have been progressing toward corporate goal 
setting on an annual basis and we could not 


Progress Report 
1981 Goals 

have picked a better year to initiate this exten- 
sive planning. 

Skiles: What's so special about this year? 

Chamberlain: The year 1 981 is an interesting year to 
outline our aspirations because we follow a year 
which left us with a deficit. We did end 1980 
with a $36,000 deficit and perhaps our Lord 
used that to tell us, "OK, there is only so much 
money to go around; how are you going to 
allocate it?" 

Skiles: That almost sounds like the deficit could put a 
halt to our progress! 

Chamberlain: No, not necessarily. Certainly if we 
don't pull out we will need to make some 
adjustments, but the point is that we have been 
reminded again of our responsibility in being 
faithful stewards. We have a tremendous obli- 
gation to our contributors and Lord to achieve 
maximum results from the funds entrusted to 
us. The Council really stands as a fiduciary on 
behalf of the Fellowship. People place their 
money in our trust and expect us to do what 
we say we will do. 

And we do have limited funds! God is 
not going to give us limitless funds. We can 
pretty well project what the Lord will provide 
each year. Sometimes He overwhelmingly 
surprises us and gives us much more than we 
expected, but it is our responsibility to take 
those limited resources and to allocate them to 
their best possible use. 

That requires constant review of existing 
points, and a very careful review of new points 
and of the men that we expect to help us carry 
out our objective, that is, our pastors and staff. 

Skiles: Does that explain some recent budget cuts? 

Chamberlain: Well, yes; I think in order for us to be 
good stewards of God's money we have to be 
prepared for those years in which He doesn't 
give us what we expected to receive. If we con- 
tinue to spend more than what we do not have, 
then I believe God will label that as being 

I would like to suggest that perhaps God 
gave us a shortage to prod us into a self-reflective 
mood where we had to look three times at each 
point instead of once or twice. We had to 
analyze each Home Missions church on its own 
merit to see whether or not it was productive. 
We are charged, not only by our Fellow- 
ship, but by our Lord as well, to see that our 
funds are placed in productive areas. Where they 
are unproductive, then we need to make a 
decision. As a result of our 1980 deficit, I believe 
we will enter 1982 as a more efficient church- 
planting organization, with more refined 
management tools, and better prepared to 
accomplish our aggressive vision. 

Skiles: Then you see 1981 as a "regrouping stage" 
with the Council possibly making changes to 
catch up with its rapid growth. 

Chamberlain: Yes. 

Skiles: What about our 1981 goals? Have they been 
put on the "back burner"? 

Chamberlain: No, not at all I Many of our objectives 
and goals are aimed at helping us improve our 
organizational structure and services. 

Skiles: It's been about six months since those objec- 
tives were introduced, where do we stand? 

Chamberlain: We have made some excellent progress! 
Many of our intermediate goals have been 
accomplished and we are seeing some significant 

Before I give you some specific accom- 
pli^ments, let me clarify for your readers what 
objectives and goals we are working toward. 

The first public list of our objectives was 
a summary of a much longer and more detailed 
list. We had a very good response to that 
January "First Fruits" mailing and appreciate 
the subsequent prayer support. 

The list of goals that our staff has been 
working from is seven pages long and has 16 
objectives. Here is the list, still in a summarized 


1 . Create an image of a winning team, one which accom- 
plishes its objectives. 

2. Improve pastoral benefits, training, recruitment, and 
image, with winning team concept. 

3. Improve church selection and church image. 

4. Win. baptize and bring 1 ,000 people into the member- 
ship of Home Missions churches. 

5. Attract $900,000 in offerings for 1981. 

6. Generate $500,000 of new deposits in the Brethren 
Investment Foundation. 

7. Stimulate a positive discipleship program for new 
converts, lay leadership and future pastors in Brethren 
Home Missions churches. 

8. Strengthen channels of communication and accounta- 
bility, internally and externally. 


9. Reach 1981 schedule of new churches in "A Bountiful 
Harvest" program (52 by 1984). 

10. In 1981 . develop one or two strong Bible classes or 
churches in Canada. 

1 1 . Improve ministerial and district relationships. 

12. Seek a pattern of two new states per year. 

13. Improve Achievement Program, stressing realizable 

14. Strengthen the deferred giving program and expertise 
in this area. 

15. Re- identify and re-position the Brethren Investment 
Foundation and Brethren Building Ministries as viable 
and major contributing factors in the FGBC. 

16. Encourage designated personal support of Brethren 
Home Missions ministries. 

Skiles: Why weren't all 16 objectives promoted 

Chamberlain: This list is a little more awkward to 
communicate and several objectives are things 
that we earn, not dictate. For example, "Create 
an image of a winning team, one which accom- 
plishes its objectives," is impossible to achieve 
unless our track record supports that image. 

Again, 1981 is an ideal year for this 
objective because 1980 was a tremendous 
success with 1 3 churches going self-supporting 
and seven new points adopted. 

Skiles: Could you highlight several of these objectives, 
maybe telling why they are important and what 
progress has been made toward their achieve- 

Chamberlain: Sure. Back to our "winning team 

image," this objective is a result of reflective 

self-evaluation at our October 1980 planning 
session. We realized that failures are easy to 
dwell on and tfiat our image was not what it 
could be because some people were concentrat- 
ing on a few failures rather than the many 
successes. So we have directed our promotions 
toward this winning theme. 

The "team" concept has always existed, 
but I'm not sure we have effectively communi- 
cated it. This year we are making it plain that 
our church-planting ministry is a team effort 
and that the Home Missions Council is only a 
tool to be used by local churches, districts and 
individuals in helping to establish more Grace 
Brethren churches. We are indeed a service 

"Improve pastoral benefits, training, 
recruitment, and image . . ." we are seeing some 
dramatic improvements in this. At our July 
board meeting our directors will vote on a 
major benefit for our pastors and I'm optimistic 
about its outcome. 

We are continuing to improve our Work- 
shops with quality speakers and practical semi- 
nars. We appreciated the helpful workshop 
suggestions made by many of our men this year. 
Orientation has some new improvements 
this year and after our July board meeting we 
hope to have some significant revisions in our 
Pastors Information File. This practical manage- 
ment tool will be completely revised, updated, 
and expanded. 

I'm hearing some very positive remarks 
about your tape program. Brad, and the men 
involved are saying it's a real help. 

We have appointed Bill Smith as our 
"recruiting officer" (in addition to being Eastern 
Field Secretary) , and the impact has become 
highly visible. Bill has attracted some top 
students to Brethren Home Missions that I 
think would have otherwise passed by our 

In recent years we have been trying to up- 
grade our image and the image of our pastors 
and I believe this year we are seeing the fruits 
of those efforts. Just from a recruitment 
standpoint, pastors from self-supporting 
churches who desire a change are willing to take 
a Home Missions church. I think they do that 
because they see us as a good organization to 
work for. 

Quality graduates from the Seminary are 
also looking at us and saying "I want to work 
for you." 

I don't believe we enjoyed this relation- 
ship as strongly in years past. And I might add 
that I believe we should take advantage of this 
situation and be very selective in choosing only 
those pastors that we think will give the best 

"Developing a quality image" means 
doing those things internally that merit and 
strengthen that image. I'm very pleased with 
the progress in this area. 

"Improve church selection and church 
image"; I think I've said enough about our 
image. By way of selection, we have imple- 
mented a descriptive new system for new point 
analysis which is helping us to objectively 
evaluate the readiness of a Bible class or church 
for Home Missions adoption. 

Our fully revised quarterly reports are im- 
proving channels of communications between 
our pastors and home office. We also have 
several new publications which have been added 
for internal as well as external uses. 

The Pastoral Achievement Program has 
had some major improvements this year, 
particularly in thequalitative areas of a church's 
ministry. This program has yielded good results 
and isactually an extension of our goal-oriented 

Let me highlight just one more— our 
discipleship emphasis. Discipleship has been a 
topic at our workshops in the last two years. 
We also have been promoting it through written 
materials and I know our field men are 
discussing discipleship methods with pastors. 
Our first quarter statistical report showed that 
over half of our churches are actively involved 
in some organized method of discipleship. We 
are excited about this. We feel that effective 
discipleship, coupled with evangelism, are the 
keys to a church's growth. 

Skiles: Are there any objectives or goals that may not 
be achieved because of a limitation of funds? 

Chamberlain: That is really hard to say at this point. 
We are certainly being very careful to avoid 
overextending ourselves, but at the same time 
we don't want to "can" a vision just because 
we do not have the cash-in-hand. 

Our vision called for 12 new points this 
year, but so far our budget and offerings will 
allow only seven. 

Two new states per year can happen, but 
it is also an expensive way to establish a church, 
because often a pastor must start from scratch 
with very few initial contacts. 

Canada is important but again money, 
and in this case God's timing, are causing us to 
wait. Jim Hunt, our missionary in New 
England, is making some good progress just 
across the Canadian border. It may be that the 
next six months will give us an opportunity to 
send a man to a strategic location in Canada. 

Our goal of $500,000 in Brethren Invest- 
ment Foundation deposits is necessary for 
continued growth. And the $900,000 in 
offerings this year is also vital. For both of 
those goals, we are working hard in promoting 
the need and we have six months remaining to 
see them realized. 

In all of the objectives just mentioned, I 
would like to think setting specific goals is 
helping us to have direction in these areas and 
possibly Godwin somehow reward our planning, 
faith, and vision. 

(Continued on page 31 

to an 

Old Navajo Christian Eider, 

Being Dead Yet He Speaketh 

An outdoor funeral service was conducted for Lee Trujillo at the 
Brethren Navajo Mission on April 20, 198 1. Lee Trujillo was one of the 
early converts of the Navajo ministry and became a Christian leader 
among the Navajo people of the Counselor area. He died on April 14 
after more than three years of declining health. 

His second oldest son. Rev. John Trujillo, delivered a message of 
hope and challenge to the more than 250 family members and friends 
who gathered on the Mission compound to share in the memorial 
service. Chairs and benches were set up outside since the chapel was 
too small to accommodate the large crowd. 

Members of the family and missionary staff members brought several 
special musical numbers during the service that lasted more than three 
hours. Pastor Tully Butler was in charge of the service and Rev. Larry 
Wedertz and Rev. Evan Adams, present and past Mission superintendents, 
spoke in memory of Lee. The following article was written by Mr. 
Adams who is director of the Carmen Deo ministry of Santa Barbara, 
California. Excerpts from this article were shared at the funeral 
service and we would like to share the article with all the friends of the 
Brethren Navajo Mission who have prayed and given to this ministry so 
that Navajo people could come to know Christ as Lord and Saviour. 
Lee has died and gone to be with the Lord he learned to love and serve, 
but his witness will continue in the lives he has touched. 

A memorial fund is being established and those who wish may share 
in the future ministry of the Brethren Navajo Mission by earmarking 
gifts in Lee Trujillo's memory and sending to the Navajo Mission or the 
Brethren Home Mission Council of Winona Lake, Indiana. — Larr^ Wedertz 

by Evan Adams 

Former superintendent of 
Brethren Navajo Mission 

The barren country of Northern 
New Mexico produces much sage- ' 
brush, a few scrub Juniper trees, 
and much wide space. Small bands 
of Navajos live scattered in this high 
plateau country following their 
sheep, grazing on the sparse salt 
grass. They live in isolated camps 
dominated by one or two hogans— 
houses of cedar logs and mud. The' 
winters are long and hard. Summer 
are pleasant and create the illusion 
that one need never worry about 
life again. One can rest in the hot 
sun and watch and cornstalks grow, 
surrounded by crawling melon vineSi 
But winter will come again in this 
endless cycle of seasons. Life and 

death. Navajo life thirty years ago 
was simple, isolated, beautiful, 
fearful, and deadly. Lee Trujillo is 
a man who was shaped by this way 
of life. 

I first met Lee Trujillo in the 
spring of 1952. He came with his 
small family to the site of a new 
mission station on the Eastern 
Navajo perimeter. He heard that 
there was a new Eenishodi (long- 
robed-religious leader) at the 
mission school wearing new blue 
jeans. He came looking for some- 
thing better in life. He sensed that 
we might provide that better way 
for him and his family. His needs 
were simple: food, clothing and 
some way to prove that he was a 
good man. They camped on a sandy 
hillside near the mission site. They 
carried all of their visible belongings 
over-shoulder in two blankets: an 
axe, a frying pan, a few potatoes, 
and a coffee pot. Life was simple, 
and a struggle. 

He knew a few phrases in school- 
room English from a couple years 
of captivity in a government school. 
His conversations were seldom 
more than two sentences long. He 
was a small sinewy bronze-colored 
man. He was accustomed to facing 
great odds without much chance 
of getting ahead. So daring to be 
identified with outsiders, and 
Christians, was the risk he was 
willing to take in being ostracized 
by clan members. He was taciturn, 
cautious and quietly hopeful. We 

became friends. We recognized that 
we both had much to gain together 
and much to lose if we didn't learn 
to work together. Northern New 
Mexico at that time was pre-modern 
and pre-Christian in Navajo country. 
There wasn't any medicine, edu- 
cation, love or faith. Lee and his 
family were of the few who would 
risk their divine appointments. 
God has always been able to work 
with roots in dry ground. 

He began building a hogan of 
rough cedar logs. The family camp- 
fire was more comfortable now. He 
smiled occasionally and even joked! 
I learned that happy Navajo people 
are natural jokers! The family was 
moving toward happiness again. He 
became my teacher of how to live 
in an unfriendly environment. We 
cut firewood, crossed rain swollen 
arroyo— dug out of quicksand. We 
dug ditches, buried dead bodies, 
chased run-away school boys 
together. I became his teacher of 
how to discover the reason for 
living, from the Scriptures. It was' 
a long and patient work for both of 
us. God was at work to will and to 
do His good pleasure. But the time- 
table was Navajo. Lee had to learn 
how to read. We spent many hours 
sounding out the "turkey tracks" 
scratched on paper that made sense 
in Navajo. He was bright and 
shrewd. But like St. Paul he suffered 
from poor eyesight. One of the 
first things I did for him was to 
provide a pair of sunglasses so he 
could keep his eyes opened in the 
bright sunlight. The scars of 
trachoma lingered all of his life. He 
listened while I mangled Navajo 
words, and when he would be willing 
to correct me I knew he was feeling 
at home. We learned sentences that 
told of the love of God in Navajo. 
He became the first Navajo in his 
traditional area to read his language. 
And he was reading God's Word! I 
was beginning to "hear" Navajo! 

When Lee Trujillo first came to 
the mission station he lacked 
important things: A hat, a horse, 
and he owned no sheep! These 
were the things that identified a 
man in the community. A big hat 
is the mark of adult manhood. A 
horse is the symbol of status in the 
community and owning sheep was 
the mark of success. He soon 
owned a hat. In a few months of 
work he owned a horse again! His 

smiles were bigger. His conver- 
sations were more than two 
sentences long. And in the midst of 
all of this he had much pride in his 
ability to read and tell others what 
he found in the Navajo New 
Testament. He began to sense he 
was more privileged than many of 
the people who ridiculed him for 
trusting himself to white people. 
His privileges were self-confidence 
and a growing knowledge of God's 
love for the Navajo people through 
Jesus Christ. The Word of God has 
its own power to convert, regenerate 
and renew any mind. Time, 
struggles and implementation of 
this work of God was done as the 
rough edges of the old life fell 

His singing voice was like a 
shepherds's pipe with a cracked 
reed. His tone range was limited 
to four or five notes in the scale. 
His tradition heard different tonal 
scales than the songs of Christian 
joy— with old American tunes. He 
had been trained as a Haatali 
(Chanter of Medicine Singer) in 
early manhood. They sing the 
sacred songs in the ceremonies for 
healing and dispelling fear and the 
effects of lightning and coyotes; for 
calling people back to the way of 
Hozhoji, the Blessing Way everyone 
longs for. Lee told me that when 
he was chanting over a very ill 
child, he saw the child die. He 
realized that he didn't have power 
over disease or death. I believe this 
was the preparation the Lord used 
to give him hope through the good 
news of Jesus Christ. The Holy 
Spirit gave him a new boldness to 
tell others about this good news. 
He suffered much ridicule and 
seemed to thrive on it. He was a 
stubborn man. Never a polished 
orator, first he could lead a song. 
Then teach for five minutes, then 
an hour, then all afternoon. He 
wasn't of leadership stature. But 
the Word of God placed Lee in a 
very responsible place in his part of 
the country. God honored his 
willingness, his readiness to try. No 
one else would stand and speak for 
Jesus Christ. 

In 1953 Lee was baptized along 
with four others in a muddy irri- 
gation ditch near the San Juan 
River on the northern edge of the 
reservation. His beautiful wife, 
Grace, was one of those first 

converts. He had a strong support 
through Grace. When he would 
stumble over words in reading, she 
would grumble encouragement to 
him. The white robes worn in the 
muddy waters of baptism were 
stained with the earthy colors of 
the native home. But they were 
determined to move ahead with 
patience in learning obedience 
through the things they suffered. 
He became the first teaching pastor 
of this vast area. I could always tell 
when Lee was nearing the end of 
his message. He had discovered 
some of the powerful imagery of 
the Revelation. He felt it was 
necessary to warn his clan members 
and the others in his near-country 
of the impending judgment for 
those who refused the grace of God 
and forgiveness for willful ignorance 
of the ages past. "Locust with long 
hair!" was an idea not foreign to 
Navajo mythology. Eventually his 
teaching and preaching took on 
more of the compassion and grace 
of our Father in heaven, of the 
Good Shepherd who lays down His 
life for His sheep. And slowly the 
Lord added, one, two, three more 
to his small flock in northern New 
Mexico. There was no mass move- 
ment. Everything grows slowly in 
the dry sandy soil of Navajo 

Lee earned his living as a labor- 
ing man. He had no schooling, no 
diploma, no rank in life. As he 
became more interested in learning 
we would take blocks of time 
reading, praying, and talking 
together. Eventually others began 
to join us. A small flock was grow- 
ing. Leadership was rudimentary. 
When we finished studying Lee 
would go back to his shovel, pick or 
broom and help build up the grow- 
ing school facilities. He had five 
children that grew up in that school. 
One has become a Navajo pastor. 
His clan members began to bring 
their children to school, too. Today 
a Navajo church stands in the camp 
of his relatives many miles out into 
cedar hill country. 

Lee taught me much about 
Navajo life. Some merely by his 
patient silence when I broke the 
rules of Navajo etiquette. Some- 
times by explaining things I could 
not understand in the intricate 
verbs and puns of Navajo campfire 
talk. He never treated me as an 

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outsider. And he never was embar- 
rassed to walk into the most hostile 
camp sites identified as my friend. 
Sometimes he was kind to us by 
not telling us what the people had 
said about us. Sometimes he 
scolded us for our civilized stupidity 
in dangerous places. 

I taught Lee how to drive an 
automobile! That was more 
dangerous than learning how to 
read. The early lessons on the back 
trails were hair-raising. On one 
occasion Grace and two small chil- 
dren sat in the back of the jeep 
wailing and crying at the impending 
death with Lee at the wheel. The 
day for his first "solo" drive came. 
We checked out pedals, switches, 
and all handles again. He took off 
in proud dust. We all prayed silently 
and tried to go back to work. In 
20 minutes he came back. The jeep 
was minus the windshield! Too 
many years of driving teams of 
horses had confused him. And 
when the jeep "geed" rather than 
"hawed" a small pine tree provided 
the safety barrier. Pride was re- 
duced again. But now he no longer 
needed to own a horse; he could 
read; and he could drive! Lee was a 
self-made man. And God was the 
source of the years of real work in 
him. He was the first of his gener- 
ation of men to drive an auto! And 
to preach! 

While driving in the rolling hills, 
across trails that were rutted by 
wagon wheels, Lee would reveal the 
wisdom of an earthy man. "Charlie 
is not at his hogan," he would say. 
"How do you know?" I would ask. 
"Charlie's wagon has a wobbly 
wheel. See that wobble in the sand? 
Charlie passed this way today. He's 
not home." He revealed those 
traits of seeing things civilized 
Christians never saw, knowing the 
power of God in ways we would 
never understand. He had learned 
to wait more patiently. He had 
already lived many winters in the 
barren land. Lee's gruff demeanor 
andquietmanner has been rewarded 
with three Navajo churches in his 
near home country. His relatives 
no longer ridicule him. His former 
taunters are now church elders. 
Christian fathers, and fellow be- 
lievers. Lee's Navajo Bible is very 
stained, curled of leaf, and crudely 
marked. But it still speaks Navajo! ■ 


Update of 
June Herald Article 

In the June WeraW article "Mak- 
ing Jesus Lord in Anchorage," it was 
reported that Mrs. Shari Smithwick 
has been experiencing daily pain 
since her 1979 auto accident which 
fractured her spine. Since the writing 
of the article, Shari underwent sur- 
gery which fused a portion of her 
spine together. The April operation 
left Shari with a body cast which 
she will wear for three to six 
months. Pray that Shari Smithwick, 
the wife of Pastor Larry Smithwick, 
Anchorage, Alaska, GBC, will have 
a complete recovery and be relieved 
of the previous pain. 

Southwest Columbus, Ohio 

The Southwest Columbus Grace 
Brethren Church moved into a self- 
supporting status on June 1, 1981. 
The church, previously receiving 
financial support from the North- 
central Ohio District and the Breth- 
ren Home Missions Council, took 
the step of faith without the secur- 
ity of a permanent facility in which 
to meet. The young church is look- 
ing forward to owning property and 
a building, but chose to redirect 
mission funds to new points and 
continue to grow at their present 
location, a local school. 

The Southwest Columbus GBC 
started in the fall of 1976 as a 
branch work of the Columbus 
(Ohio) Grace Brethren Church. 
Pastor Ouentin Matthes accepted 
the leadership of the church in its 
early beginnings and has led his 
congregation into the present self- 

supporting level. 

Pray for the Southwest Colum- 
bus Grace Brethren Church as they 
enter this new stage of growth. 

Montclair, Carrfornia 

Rev. Jim Fredericks, a 1981 
graduate of Grace Seminary, has ac- 
cepted the pastorate of the Mont- 
clair, California, Grace Brethren 
Church. Jim and his wife, Fran, be- 
gan their Montclair ministry in June 
of this year. 

The Fredericks have four chil- 
dren and Jim spent his early teen 
years in Southern California. Jim 
has a background in business and 
prior to accepting the Montclair 
call, was an intern pastor at the 
Winona Lake Grace Brethren 
Church, Winona Lake, Indiana. 

Pray for Jim Fredericks as he 
leads the Montclair GBC. 

Brethren Building Ministries 

The Brethren Building Minis- 
tries, a department of the Breth- 
ren Home Missions Council, regret- 
fully accepted the resignation of 
Mr. Roy S. Gronning. Mr. Gronning 
has served Building Ministries for 
over nine years as an architectural 
draftsman. During much of this 
time Roy commuted to Winona 
Lake, Indiana, from South Bend, 
Indiana, approximately 50 miles 
one way. 

Mr. Gronning cited the travel 
time and expense as his reason for 
leaving and accepted a position 
with Cole Associates, a South Bend 
architectural firm. 

Rev. Ralph C. Hall, secretary of 
Building Ministries, said that "Roy 
was very faithful, punctual, always 
could be counted on for quality 
work, and will be missed by our 
staff." ■ 

A farewell party 
for Roy Gronning, 
Building Ministries 
staff: (left to right), 
Kathy Herman, 
Steve Dearborn, 
Roy Gronning, and 
Ralph Hall. (Not 
pictured, Jim Smith.) 


Training in Missionary Endeavor 

(Short term missions program operated by GBC Christian Ed- 
ucation in cooperation with the Foreign IVIissionary Society 
of the Grace Brethren Church.) 

Becky Wagner is Grace Brethren. Herhome is in Waimalu, 
Hawaii. She's been a member of Brethren Student Life 
Volunteers and hasalwaysfelt God was leading her into 
a Christian ministry. After graduation from College, 
she applied to go to the Central African Republic with 
the TIME program. Becky's exposure to TIME is 
similar to the many others who participate in the 
program annually. ■ 

by John C. Whitcomb 

Have you ever wondered what the world 
must have been like before the Flood? 

The Apostle Peter said in 2 Peter 3:5-6, that 
"the world that then was, being overflowed 
with water, perished." Genesis hints that great 
winds did not begin to sweep the world until 
after the Flood (Gen. 8). Rainbows appeared 
for the first time (Gen. 9). When all that water 
fell to earth during the 40 days of rain, that 
signaled the end of the vapor canopy which 
covered the earth before the Flood. It had 
provided a uniform, tropical, humid climate 
even in the polar regions. Today we find the 
remains of millions of mammoths frozen in the 
tundras of Siberia and northern Alaska. 

What caused this tremendous catastrophe? 
What caused this sudden extinction of millions 
of creatures which are buried in various parts 
of the world? What caused the great permanent 
deep freeze in the higher latitudes of this 
planet? Deep vegetation which consists of sand, 
tropical plants and extinct tropical animals has 
been found frozen even in the south polar 
mountains and islands in the Arctic Ocean. 
Science has offered no explanation other than 
God's revelation that "the world . . . being over- 
flowed with water, perished." 

The pre-flood world must have been an 
interesting place. Genesis 9:2 says that after the 
Flood, God promised the human race through 
Noah that "the fear of you and the dread of 
you shall be upon every beast of the earth, and 
upon every fowl of the air, upon all that 
moveth upon the earth, and upon all the 

What was if Like Before . . . 

What was if Like Before . 

fishes of the sea." This implies that animals 
were not terrified by the presence of man 
before the Flood, as they normally are today 
with rare exceptions. Therefore, that steaming, 
monotonous jungle world must have been a 
terrifying place to live. Because Jehovah had 
cursed the ground, Lamech, the father of Noah, 
prayed to God for a measure of comfort and 
relief from the awful monotony and drudgery 
(Gen. 5). 

Can you imagine the pre-flood farmer 
coming home at night down the jungle trail 
with the miserable produceof his uncooperative 
garden? He could have been confronted by an 
enormous lizard, 14 feet high with a four-foot 
long jaw, equipped with scores of six-inch long, 
double-edged razor-sharp teeth— the tyranno- 
saurus rex. This animal was the greatest engine 
for destruction the world has ever seen. It could 
rip to shreds any creature that would ever cross 
its path. The name means "king of terrifying 
lizards." That may partially explain the reason 
why twice it mentions in Genesis 6 that the 
whole earth was filled with violence. It's not 
referring only to men being violent with men, 
but perhaps to animals attacking men and 
attacking each other. So, because of that 
dinosaur-infested, hot, steaming, global tropical 
situation, the whole world was a blood bath. 
God knew it could only be wiped clean by a 
global flood which He sent as a relief to the 
original intensity of the curse God put on the 
earth as a result of Adam's sin. 

The pre-flood world was what we might call 
the Age of Dinosaurs, in which monsters roamed 
the earth the like of which have never been seen 
since. Footprints of these have been found with 
human footprints in the Paluxy riverbed of 
Texas, the footprints of a brontosaurus and 
even a three-toed flesh-eating tyrannosaurus- 
type dinosaur have been discovered interspersed 
with human footprints. 

Surely in those days there were giants on the 
earth. ■ 

The Death oi Dinosaurs 

Dr. John Whitcomb, a professor at Grace Theological Seminary and co-author 
of The Genesis Flood, is director of postgraduate studies. He is a member of 
the Winona Lake (Indiana) Grace Brethren Church. 

Did you l<now that most people 
believe that the dinosaurs became ex- 
tinct 60 or 70 million years before 
men appeared on the earth? 

However, the Bool< of Genesis 
doesn't encourage that idea. Genesis, 
chapter 1 , verses 24 and 25, describe 
the sixth and last day of the creation 
week: "And God said, let the earth 
bring forth the living creature after 
his kind, cattle, and creeping thing, 
and beast of the earth after his kind, 
and cattle after their kind, and every 
thing that creepeth upon the earth 
after his kind: and God saw that it 
was good," 

There is no indication that dino- 
saurs had died out by the time man is 
introduced. When God said, "Let us 
make man in our image, after our 
likeness," He also said, "let them 
have dominion over the fish of the 
sea, and over the fowl of the air, and 
over the cattle, and over all the earth, 
and over every creeping thing that 
creepth upon the earth" (v. 26). This 
verse must include the giant reptile, 
dinosaur types; otherwise, Adam 
would have been ruling over a 
gigantic cemetery filled with the 
fossils of extinct creatures he would 
have never seen alive. Yet, the Bible, 
in this passage, in Psalm 8 and else- 

where, emphasizes that Adam had 
total dominion over this world. 
Surely, he was the king of living ani- 
mals, also. In fact, as Genesis 1 
closes, God saw everythirrg that He 
had made and it was very good. This 
seems a little difficult to imagine if 
most of the creatures that God had 
created had become extinct millions 
of years earlier. 

The thought that dinosaurs were 
extinct before man becomes even 
more difficult to believe in light of 
Romans 5:12. It says that there 
wasn't any death in this world until 
Adam deliberately disobeyed his God 
and brought God's judgment upon 
him and the world. Romans 5:12 
says, "By one man sin entered into 
the world, and death by sin." So, 
before Adam appeared God had not 
created a world with built-in defects, 
such as meat-eating creatures destroy- 
ing each other in the reign of tooth 
and claw and the survival of the 

The Bible lends no support to the 
idea that millions of years before 
Adam, animals were becoming ex- 
tinct. Genesis 1, in the light of the 
New Testament, supports the idea 
that all kinds of creatures, including 
dinosaurs, lived when men were here. 

For further resources on the subject of creation versus evolution and 
the Genesis Flood: 

The Early Earth by John C. Whitcomb (BMH Books) 

The Genesis Flood by John C. Whitcomb and Henry Morris (Baker Books) 

The World that Perished by John C. Whitcomb (BMH Books) 

^R The Deadliest Sin 
^^ Facing 

the Christian 

by Ed Lewis 

Director of Youth Ministries 

There's nothing apparently "wrong" with Jim. He's a 
typical Christian teen. In fact, he's well liked by the 
church. He's friendly, polite, and comes from a good 
family. He attends church regularly and almost never 
misses a youth meeting. 

His problem, however, is harder to handle than the 
one faced by Sue who "parties" and drinks occasionally. 
It's more difficult than Bob's problems (who reads 
pornographic literature and listens to rock music). 

Jim's problem is hard to handle because it's subtle. 
It's not a "thing" to fight or take away— like alcohol, 
pornographic literature or a stereo. His problem is not 
even seen as a "major difficulty" by many Christians, 
but it certainly is major. 

Jim's problem is hard to fight because it happens 
quickly, can linger for long periods of time and is often 
catching. Jim isn't breaking any social "rules" of the 
church or community, but anyone who spends time 
around him knows he doesn't verbally identify with 
Jesus or attempt to honor God. He'd rather be an obs- 
server than a participant. Sports or games or fun can 
excite him, but when it comes to what really matters in 
life (spiritual matters), he's quiet. 

The deadly problem Jim faces \sapathy\ Webster calls 
it "indifference," The Bible calls it "lukewarm" in 
Revelation 3:15-16. It's a state of being "blah" about 
spiritual things— neither hot nor cold. 

If you can identify with Jim, you probably sense 
that God is distant. You may have a good "cover," but 
you know you're "blah" when it comes to spiritual lead- 
ership. God's remedy for it is found in Revelation 3:20: 
"Behold, I stand at the door [of your heart] , and 
knock: if any man hears my voice, and opens the door, I 
will come in to him, and will sup [fellowship] with him, 
and he with me." ■ 

iif^S Jj^ni ^ewis 


Gmwujnaimsijnhi drniDWUJUfuinJU 



August 9-15, 1981 
Greeley, Colorado 

Please pray that God will give 

us a great conference with real spiritual revival. 

Finals \v\ Bible Quiz 
Finals in SMM (Girl of the Year) 
Finals in National Achievement Competition 
Finals in NAC Sports, 

Scholarships, Trophies, Awards 

Josh McDowell says of BNYC (coming back) 
"Conference was probably the best week I've 
ever spent with young people in my entire 

Barry St. Clair says, "I believe youth confer- 
ence will be a real turning point in students' 
lives, not only by being confronted with Jesus 
Christ, but also by dealing with specific areas 
that need to be given over to Jesus. " 



June 20-28 

Orientation in Osceola, 

June 28-July 1 

IVUnistry in Osceola, Ind. 
July 1-4 

Davenport, Iowa 
July 4-5 

North English, Iowa 
July 5-8 

Winona, IVIinn. 
July 8-12 

Waterloo, Iowa 
July 12-14 

Garwin, Iowa 
July 15 

Leon, Iowa 
July 15-19 

Oes Moines, Iowa 
July 19-23 

Omaha, Nebr. 
July 23-24 

Yarmouth, Iowa 
July 24-25 

New Troy. Mich. 
July 25-27 

Winona Lake, Ind. 


Published as a ministry of 

f^n r\ r»i.„ 

NEO (Northeast Ohio) 

June 16-23 

Orientation in Martins- 
burg, Pa. 
June 24-27 

Minerva, Ohio 
June 27-28 

Canton, Ohio 
June 28-Julv 1 

Middlebranch, Ohio 
July 1-4 

Elyria, Ohio 
July 4-5 

Ashland, Ohio (Grace} 
July 5-8 

Cuyahoga Falls, Ohio 
July 8-1 1 

Norton, Ohio 
July 11-12 

Wooster, Ohio 
July 12-15 

Akron, Ohio (Fairlawn) 
July 15-18 

Sterling, Ohio 
July 18-19 

Rittman, Ohio 
July 19-22 

Akron, Ohio (Ellet) 
July 22-25 

Ashland, Ohio (South- 
July 25-27 

Winona Lake, Ind. 

hoping to help 

GDC Christian 

Box 365 Winona Lake, IN -46590 219/267-6622 

What's it like to live with a priest P 

by Reverend Knute Larson to You, Reverend 

Everybody ought to know. It's a privilege God 
wishes for everyone. 

In these days, since Pentecost of A.D. 33 or 34, all 
Christians are priests, ordained by God to serve Him all 
day, all ways (1 Peter 2:5). When I accept my position 
as priest so much can happen for good. 

Please be sure you have accepted your commission as 
a priest by writing your name on the line: 

The Reverend 

Please don't reserve the title for pastors and mission- 
aries or others ordained by the church for a particular 
job. That's healthy, too. But here we're thinking about 
offering up the sacrifices of self, praise, doing good, 
sharing money and things, and helping converts happen. 
Those are all called "sacrifices" in the New Handbook 

for modern priests. 

When you accept the title, getting involved in the 
Great Commission for the priesthood is no chore for 
your will power. You want to live Matthew 28:19-20. 
You don't speak of missions as if it were foreign, or 
evangelism as if it were for Billy, or Christian education 
as if it belonged to Ed and me! 

You take those as a way of life, all for the glory of 
God. Work and play and family time— plus, of course, 
church ministry— all come under the heading of 


My MISSION as a priest. Rev. Knute Larson, in my 
case. Rev. in yours. 

Everybody ought to know it and live it! ■ 


Everybody has the same amount of time. 

We breathe the same air and devour similar foods. 

Yet even among equals, some Christians stand out in hearty 

commitment, positive spirit, and contagious love. 

By choice. Their own. 

GBC Christian Education celebrates the strong-hearted, who give 

jnd serve and teach and sponsor and volunteer and sing and visit. 

They are Christ-centered and church-minded, with an eye on the world 

for Christ. 

They wall< with a spring. They sing with delight. 

They are the strength of our churches! 1^ 

Thank you! ■ ^ 



See How 
She Runs 

On the leadership of the local church 

It's easy to immediately think of who runs the 
church when you talk about how the church runs. 
But the point is that the church must run with a 
torch, and that Matthew 28:19-20 defines the 

Often in our churches we spend time debating 
or figuring or reacting to who runs the church- 
when Christ as the Head has been very clear about 
what He wants the church to do. Instead we must 
be ablaze with the desire to be sure the church is 
running the race with patience and endurance. A 
long distance race to be sure, not a quick splash- 

When the church is running in ministry, with a 
view to the world and a desire for unity and up- 
building that's mutual, that church is running as 
a witness to the strength of Christ. 

It is a church the people of the community will 
watch, not let alone. 

It is a church we can truly call "Grace." 

Its leaders are running well, and allowed to by 
the others. 

If our churches are organized for inaction, or if 
our lives are fighting the run, it is Hebrews 12 that 
calls us to look to Jesus and get going. "Run with 
endurance." And always, "looking unto Jesus." 

We Grace people are known as Brethren. "Be- 
hold how good it is for Brethren to dwell together 
in unity" (Ps. 133:1). And how hard sometimes, 
because we have so many divergent views in the 
local church, in our Fellowship. 

Let's light the torch of church growth from the 
flame of Matthew 28:19-20 and run together! ■ 


by Moderator Knute Larson 

National Conference, July 26-3 J 

This is a very important time for our ciiurches. 

The world has challenged all believers to show 

their colors. The nerve displayed by the 

enemy and his many puppets has produced 

confusion and embarrassment. The war to 

win the wills of people is not a cold one. 

The signs of End seem clear. 

And the Church has a commitment, called a 

That Great Commission is designed to send us 

out making disciples, baptizing, teaching 

people to obey and observe. 

This year, this conference, let us dream good 

visions together, as one in Christ, and 

with the world in view. 

Our churches can. 

His Spirit in us is not only uniting but 

powerful! He has made us "a holy 

priesthood, to offer up spiritual sacrifices 

acceptable to God through Jesus Christ" 

(1 Peter 2:5). 

Many of us have prayed often for our 

"May my heart be blameless 

in Thy statutes, 
That I may not be ashamed. 

"My soul languishes for Thy salvation 

I wait for Thy word." 

-Psalm 119:80-81 

My prayer is that God will help answer that 

prayer with a very strong, positive conference 

that eyes a whole world for Christ 





rs3 Shop 


Monday, July 27 

Workshop tracks are geared toward specific areas-Adult Classes, General CE, Pastors, Ministering 
to Children, Ministering to Youth, Visual Aids, Discipleship Training, Men, Sunday School Super- 
intendents, Women, and a special track for Young Teens who attend. 

The Navigators 2:7 Series will be presented in one track, running the whole day. All sessions are 
essential for that. 

Mr. Joseph Bayly will be presenting a two-hour session on Dealing With Crises, from 9:00 until 

Miss Anna Sue Darkes, FAITH VENTURE VISUALS, will have a three-hour seminar on Wow fo 
Make and Use Overhead Transparencies, during the morning sessions. 

Detailed schedules will be available at the Sunday sessions, as well as at the Pastors and Wives 
Breakfast on Monday morning. 

Summertime at GBC Christian Education does not mean everyone 
gets to take a long, leisurely vacation. Somehow it becomes even 
more active than usual— what with special traveling ministries, CE 
Convention, and Brethren National Youth Conference, to say nothing 
of fall planning and program preparation. 

But not one of the staff minds . . . that's what our ministry is all 
about. And besides being involved with the office, each staff person 
is committed to local church ministry as well. 

h6plng to help 

Pastor Knute Larson, our execu- 
tive director, demonstrates the 
word "involved" to the fullest. 
Along with responsibilities with 
GBC Christian Ed, he serves as the 
senior pastor of the Grace Brethren 
Church in Ashland, Ohio, a growing 
testimony. And in 1980 Pastor 
Larson was elected to serve as 
moderator of the FGBC. 

As director of Youth Ministries and 
associate director of GBC CE, Ed 
Lewis is always on the move. Summer- 
time means Brethren National Youth 
Conference. It means spending 5 or 6 
weeks on the road with Operation 
Barnabas But all year-round Ed is 
leading seminars, teaching a seminary 
course in CE, assisting with music 
direction at Winona Lake, GBC, 
ministering with the singles group of that 
church, directing the TIME program (to 
mention a few). 

The story is much the same with 
each staff member. Assistant 
Director Kevin Huggins stays in- 
volved directing CE Church Minis- 
tries seminars, overseeing Timothy 
Teams, writing youth programs. 
And this is besides serving as chap- 
lain at Grace College and leading 
an Operation Barnabas team in the 
summer. Kevin helps, too, in local 
church ministries, occasionally 
teaching Sunday school and speaking 
to local youth fellowships. 

This year Judy Ashman's sum- 
mer role has changed. For the past 
four years Judy has helped lead OB 
teams. But with CE production and 
programs expanding, our director of 
SMM is staying at headquarters to 
carry many of the summer directing 
responsibilities. Besides giving the 
national SMM program direction, 
she's the local coordinator at Winona 
Lake and is a patroness for the 
Amigas group. Her experience is 
put to use in the Christian Education 
Commission of that church and she 
serves the singles' fellowship as a 

member of their steering committee. 
She lends expertise at CE seminars 
and in SMM workshops as well as 
giving input in the seminary course 
GBC CE teaches. 

. . . with a 
dedicated staff, 
involved in 

But while the four directors travel and minister in many churches, 
our support staff is the heart of GBC CE ministries. Dedicated 
secretaries and bookkeeper staff keep the helps going your way 
throughout the summer and all year-round. 

Ginny Toroian, as an administrative 
assistant, fulfills the role of secretary to 
Knute Larson and carries out his direc- 
tives in areas of general Christian ed. 
Summertime means CE Convention 
coordination, special awards recog- 
nitions, board meetings and extras as 
part of the directing staff travels. As 
customer service director, a good part of 
every day-all year-is spent hearing the 
needs of local pastors and churches and 
finding a way for GBC CE to help. 
Locally Ginny is part of the Christian Ed 
Commission at Winona Lake GBC. 

As the newest member of staff, 
Denise Harkness is being initiated 
into CE ministries rapidly, with 
Brethren National Youth Confer- 
ence preparation a first priority. 
She serves as youth secretary and 
carries out many of Ed's responsi- 
bilities as he travels. Denise is 
coordinator of junior high ministries 
at Winona Lake GBC, working in 
con/unction with the youth 
pastor. Already we appreciate 
her efficiency. 

Carmen Franchino, along with 
her husband, Scott, serves as a 
sponsor in the junior high ministry 
at W LG BC. As secretary to 
Assistant Director Kevin Huggins, 
she is closely involved in the pro- 
duction of CE Youth Programs, 
handles correspondence and sched- 

uling for the church ministries 
seminars, and coordinates many 
areas of the Timothy Team pro- 
gram, working with the student 
team leaders and members. 

Summer ministries are especially close 
to bookkeeper Mary Nass as she handles 
the contributions that come in for Oper- 
ation Barnabas, TIME, and BNYC regis- 
trations. While they wait on the Lord's 
direction for a permanent ministry, Mary 
and her husband, Joe, sen/e at the Sidney 
Grace Brethren Church. Mary is a Little 
Sisters patroness. 

Another new member of the CE 
staff is Valerie Byers. She serves as 
shipping and mailing clerk. Val is 
completing her college work, but in 
her spare time she works with the 
Amigas SMM at WL GBC. and has 
been the accompanist for the Kids' 

But our staff expands in the 
summer to include others who serve 
with Operation Barnabas. This year, 
Mr. and Mrs. Joe (Kathy) Bishop, 
Mr. and Mrs. Dan (Holly) Allan 
join Ed Lewis with the Iowa team. 
And on the Northeast Ohio team, 
Tina Huggins joins her husband, 
Kevin; along with Pastor and Mrs. 
Bruce (Christi) Barlow of Martins- 
burg, Pennsylvania; and Mr. Marshall 

It means a lot to us to have so many dedicated to our mission and 
the Great Commission and the local church. 

Thanks for your part! Thank you for your financial support and 
prayers! We depend on you as the summer fruit trees depend on the 
sunshine! Thank you! ■ 

Hefp us keep he/ping with a gift to Box 365, Winona Lake, Ind. 46590 



Women Manifesting 

Women's Missionary Council of the Grace Brethren Church 
Box 711, Winona Lake, Indiana 46590 


Mrs. Dan (Miriam) Pacheco, 413 Kings Highway, Winona Lake, 
Ind. 46590-219 267-7603 

first Vice President 

Mrs. Dean (Ella Lee) Risser, 58 Holiday Hill, Lexington, Ohio 

Second Vice President 

Mrs. James (Tnceine) Custer, 2515 Carriage Lane. Powell. Ohio 


Mrs. Fred (Margie) Devan, Jr., 2507 Vancouver Dr., N.W., 
Roanoke, Va., 24012-703/366-2843 

Assistant Secretary 

Mrs. Donald (Marilyn) Weltmer, Route ^1, Box 131. 
Cerrardstown, W. Va. 25420-304/229-3920 

Financial Secretary-Treasurer 

Miss Joyce Ashman, 602 Chestnut Avenue, Winona Lake, Ind. 

Assistant financial Secretary-Treasurer 

Mrs. Bill (Shirley) Stevens, Box 59, R. R. 1, Lake Odessa, Mich. 

Literature Secretary 

Mrs. Ralph (Betty)' Hall, Route #8, Box 297, Warsaw, Ind. 


Mrs. Noel (Linda) Hoke, R. R. 1, Hickory Estates, Warsaw, Ind. 

Prayer Chairman 

Mrs. John (Sally) Neely, 121 S. Walnut Street, Troy, Ohio 


WMC cannot function to the 

fullest without your support. 

The monetary support that 

the national organization 

receives comes back to you in 

benefits, small and great. The 

goal for this offering is 

$8,000 and is due September 


Mssionary !Binhdays 


{\i no address is listed, the address will be found on pages 32-34 
ol the 7987 Grace Brethren Annual .) 


Miss Rosella Cochran September 1 

Miss Ruth Snyder Septennber 8 

Mrs. Betty Hocking September 1 1 

Mr. John Ochocki September 23 

Miss Lila Sheely September 30 


Mrs. Grace Pettman September 8 

Mrs. Eileen Miller September 18 

Jay Farner September 19, 1974 


Mrs. Alys Haag September 1 1 


Caryn Schrock September 22, 1977 


Mrs. Loree Sickel September 10 


for the Cord ^ranb wisdom! HbeVery word 
i5 a treasure of knowledge and understanding' 


by Mrs. H. Leslie Moore 

Director of Housing, Grace College 

Once each semester at Grace College the opportunity comes 
for each dormitory student to select a room for the next 
semester. As the day draws nearer— speculation and tension 
increase on the part of those awaiting the "right room." 
There is a certain procedure to follow and each one needs to 
be certain they know the day and hour of their turn in the 
Housing Office. Finally, the day arrives and I feel as though 
I have already answered all the questions possible and feel cer- 
tain the day will go smoothly. 

It does . . . for about five or ten minutes, then the conflicts 
come when someone wants the same room another has chosen. 
What a disappointment when they find the room they must 
live in for the next three and one-half months is not quite as 
large— or doesn't have the view of the lake, or is a little farther 
from the main campus! 

As I have witnessed these joys and sorrows, I am reminded 
that the Lord has promised us that He is at this time preparing 
a place for our eternal home. 

I'm so glad it will be the perfect room for each one. It will 
be the right size— the right color— and have a view that will be 
incomparable. The temperature will always be perfect and the 
people with whom we will share all these things will be the 
most compatible we've ever seen. 

All these things will be overshadowed as we see our Saviour 
and glorify His name for eternity. 

The promise is sure . . . "There are many homes [rooms] 
up there where my Father lives, and I am going to prepare 
them for your coming. When everything is ready; then I will 
come and get you, so that you can always be with me where I 
am. If this weren't so, I would tell you plainly. And you know 
where I am going and how to get there" (John 14:2-4 Living 

I am so glad I can claim this promise because I have already 
"signed up" for that place when I accepted Christ as my 
Saviour. Best of all, I won't have to stand in line and I am 
assured of just the "right place." ■ 

— Lovethose program covers! WMC isfortunate 
enough to have received program covers from the 
Herald Company for quite a few years. These can 
be attractively used as yearbook covers, or 
programs for a special occasion. They are always 
so neat that we generally run out. Several councils 
did not let that fact deter them last year. A copy 
of the poster is usually all that is needed to gain 
more copies for your use at a local instant print 
shop, whatever brand may appear in your locale. 

It would be best, however, to use your own layout 
for reprints rather than using the free copy for a 

— Other groups did not care for the size pro- 
vided, but, with a little ingenuity, cut the verse 
and WMC logo from the bottom of the provided 
cover, used glue and presto!— a program with 
pockets on the inside for prayer reminders, invi- 
tations, special announcements, offering envelopes, 
and so forth. Remember that WMC has always said 
to the local council to "apply our suggestions to 
your individual needs." 

— A new order blank will be included in the 
current 1981-82 packet. Please use the new form 
and destroy the old. There are some significant 
changes on the new sheet. 

— One of the changes listed in the new order 
blank is the Pen Pointer packets. You may now 
order a Member Packet of Pen Pointers that apply 
to all WMC members or an Officers Packet that 
will help those in charge. 

— Keep the lines of communication open be- 
tween officers that will serve in the coming year 
and those closing out their term of service. 
Learn from those who have done the job before ■ 

Missionary Letters 

Mrs. Jean-Claude Vieuble 
Mrs. Harold Mason 
Mrs. Lynn Hoyt 
Mrs. Martin Garber 
Miss Barbara Hulse 

USA, Summer 1981 

Dear Birthday Missionary, 

As WMC ladies this year, we have enjoyed getting to know you all much better. 
Even if we don't know you personally, our ties have been made stronger through the 
Holy Spirit's leading us to pray for your needs as the year progressed. 

We are most happy to support you in prayers, remembrances, and financially 
help the Foreign Missionary Society to aid in your yearly support that other programs 
might be furthered. We are glad to be missionaries' helpers, even if we do not go to 
another land. 

Please realize that just because you will not be our birthday missionaries this 
coming year, we will not forget you. As we move ahead to support others, our prayer 
support will still keep you in mind. When you visit our way, a warm feeling will remain 
in our hearts remembering the honor you shared as a group of birthday missionaries. 
Thank you for the parts of your life that you have shared with us. Thank you, too, for 
the parts of your life that you have shared with those on your field of service who knew 
not the Saviour. Praise the Lord for the affect you have had on the lives of everyone 
surrounding you. 

May the Lord continue to bless you, and our prayers go with you. 

In Christ's love, 
A WMC lady 

Yaloke, le 16 Avril 1981 

Dear Sister in Christ, 

I am writing to you first to thank you for your help in supporting us and also to 
give you news of our ministry here. 

Thank you, also, for your prayers for us because without them our work would 
be in vain. We think that the prayers of those behind us are as important as our work 
here. In saying that, I think of the passage in the Word of God where it clearly demon- 
strates that Moses can do nothing without the support of his friends, Aaron and Hur: 
"But Moses' hands were heavy. Then they took a stone and put it under him, and he sat 
on it, and Aaron and Hur supported his hands, one on one side and one on the other. 
Thus his hands were steady until the sun set" (Exod. 17:12). 

Don't be discouraged if you have the impression sometimes that your work is 
less important than the work of those who go to another country. 

Thank you, too, for all the birthday cards that we receive. We don't have the 
time to answer them, but we want you to know that they really encourage us. 

We praise the Lord that He has given us so many brothers and sisters in Christ. 
And even if we are separated by thousands of miles, we are united by His Spirit. 

We will be at Yaloke until the last of May. After spending a small vacation in 
France this summer, we will return to Bangui to teach the Bible in the high schools. 

Our children (Sandrine and Nicolas) will go to the French school there. As for 
David (2 months old), he will stay at home. 

I thank you again for your prayers for us. 

In Christ, 

What to Pray 
for Your Missionaries 

"Lift up your eyes and look on the fields, for they 

are white already to harvest" (John 4:35). 

"Go . . . teach . . . baptizing ..." (Matt 28: 19). 

Many times our prayers consist of "Dear God, 
bless the missionaries." We have been urged to pray 
for missionaries personally and ask for specific things 
for that missionary's need. What happens if we don't 
know the missionary personally on the day his 
picture is placed in our devotional magazine? Are our 
prayers in touch with the requests that the missionary 
would bring before us if we could converse at that 

Missionary Jean Austin relayed these specific 
things to WMC ladies several months ago. These 
items touch areas of life that we might not be aware 
of if we did not know the missionary personally. 

Pray for their spiritual life. 

For spiritual growth. Missionaries constantly are 
giving. They need to be fed spiritually as well. 
The prayer life of a missionary is also important 
and needs prayer. They, too, are human and some- 
times need reviving. 

Pray for wisdom. 

Pray that they might have wisdom as to what to 
do, when to do it, what not to do; where to go. 
The needs are so great in so many directions. 

Pray for material needs. 

Pray for them as you would for yourself that 
material needs might be met: financial problems 
solved; food will be available and not too costly; 
for their means of travel— that it might be depend- 
able and economically feasible and without danger; 
pray for a suitable place to live and for literature 
for their own use and for use with those whom 
they serve. 

Pray for their time of study. 

Pray that the missionary will have the necessary 
time and inclination to do the study so vital to 
his ministry. Pray for the continual language 
study and adaptation to the native culture. Pray 
for the lessons and messages which must be pre- 

Pray for contacts. 

The missionary comes in contact with many 
people on a day-to-day basis. Pray for contacts 
with other Christians, other missionaries, the 
governmental authorities, and finally for their con- 
tact with the unsaved. 

Pray for the helpers of the missionary. 

God's choice of helpers in the home and in the 
church would be a good request and that those 
helpers would in turn get a real missionary vision. 

Pray for the missionary's health. 

General good health is important to fulfilling the 
multitudinous tasks in the everyday life of the 
missionary. Pray, too, for the protection of their 
minds and their outlook on life. There might be a 
tendency to become morose or allow their 
constant contact with the native life to undermine 
their spiritual viewpoint. 

Pray for their correspondence. 

Contacts with the helpers in the home church are 
important. Correspondence can also be lost. 
Prayer for protection of letters should be requested 
that nothing be stolen or lost. 

Pray for the children. 

Health and adjustments are just two of the primary 
topics that come to a parent's mind, whether that 
parent is a missionary or not. Another good 
thought is that the missionary's children do not go 
to the field by their choice, so it is important to 
pray for the attitude of the child. The education 
of the offspring is also important and sometimes 
means separation which, in turn, creates a com- 
pletely new set of requests. 

As WMC ladies, does this give any new avenues of 
prayer to you? As each missionary is brought to 
mind, new needs can surface now as that person is 
brought before the throne of grace in requests and 
thanksgiving to the giver of all good gifts. ■ 


The jar of yellow kernels sat on the kitchen counter. 
Appetizing, they weren't. But wait, could they be use- 
ful? I certainly was hungry and nothing else was in 
sight that was quick and tasty. 

The hour was too late for an entire meal and I 
didn't need that much, just a snack. 

Wait, the pantry held a liquid that would make the 
kernels usable and a seasoning was available that 
would make them just right. 

The burner turned on, things began popping! Cer- 
tainly the aroma was inviting. The lid raised off the 
pan and kernels began spilling out. The difference be- 
tween the kernels before heat and after heat was ap- 
plied was phenomenal. 

I hadmy snack of popcorn as I finished my evening 
chores and was pleased with the aroma, the taste, and 
even the sight of the snow-white mound. 

Once, my life was useless— a kernel that was dead. 
When I accepted the Lord as my Saviour and the 
Holy Spirit took control of my life, the oil of the 
Spirit made a change in my lifestyle. Through the heat 
of daily pressures and time, a transformation took 
place. The seasoning was the Word of God as applied 
to my life. Usable? For God to use me before the 
transformation was out of the question. But after He 
changed my life, I hope the Lord can use me. As 
WMC ladies, are we mere kernels eeking out a drab 
and dreary existence, or do we allow the Lord to take 
control of us and transform our lives as the golden 
kernels were changed? ■ 

WMC National Conference Speaker: 
Mrs. Verna Birkey 

Mrs. Verna Birkey, author of the new WMC study 
book for the coming year will be the featured speaker 
at the WMC sessions of conference this year. "You 
Are Very Special" is a book that encourages women 
to discover their highest and best potential as the 
unique individual God created. Mrs. Birkey, a former 
teacher, counselor, and for seven years Dean of Girls 
at Ben Lippen School in Asheville, North Carolina 
will present a recipe for Enriched Living. Join with 
others in hearing this challenge. ■ 


It's not old fashioned 
to serve the Lord" 

"It's not old fashioned to serve the 
Lord" was the theme of a recent Michigan 
District WMC Rally. Ladies were honored 
for long-term service to the church through 
WMC. Four ladies with over 150 years of 
service total were honored. Pictured left 
to right, they are: Esther Klupp, New 
Troy, Michigan-41 years; Agnes Price, 
Lake Odessa, Michigan— 42 years; Minnie 
Mensinger, New Troy, Michigan-39 years; 
and Phyllis Polman, Lansing, Michigan- 
35 years. ■ 

(Continued from page 14) 

Skiles: Could you give a brief explanation about the 
priority in which these 16 objectives are listed? 

Chamberlain: When it became apparent that our 1980 

financial condition might limit our 1981 activi- 
ties, we then had to determine which objectives 
were most important, especially the objectives 
requiring significant funds. 

So we decided, for example, that /Y we 
had to choose between improving our pastors' 
benefits or adding new points, we would favor 
our pastors. Of course, we would like to see 
the best of both worlds. 

Sidles: Larry, what do you enjoy most about your 
work here at Home Missions? 

Chamberlain: I enjoy my relationship with the 

pastors. It's exciting to join with them in the 
challenge of the unknown. When these guys 
go into an area they really don't know what to 
expect and they become totally dependent 
upon our Lord. 

Probably the most thrilling thing in 
working here is to get letters back from the 
pastors informing us of their progress— how 
people are won to the Lord, how they, the 
pastors, have spent time discipling people and 
how victories are won in these lives. To me 
that's real exciting because these pastors are in 
cities and towns that may not have a strong 
gospel message. 

It has been encouraging to see the vision 
of our Fellowship for establishing churches. We 
have quite a number of people on our donor 

file who have been consistent givers for many, 
many years. It's a real pleasure to be an inter- 
mediary for those funds— to receive them and 
then allocatethem onbehalf of the contributor. 
That, to me, is both exciting and sobering. 

Skiles: Has working here strengthened your commit- 
ment to local church involvement? 

Chamberlain: Yes, I think so. Our family has been 

involved in local church activities since Sherlene 
and I were married. Being with Home Missions 
has strengthened, in my own thinking, the 
necessity for Bible-believing churches which are 
committed to the commission of winning others. 

Home Missions has also given me a new 
appreciation for the importance of Christ's 
church in this country. We are the salt of the 
earth. Now the FGBC may only be a few grains 
of that salt, comparably speaking, but we have 
the potential of making a tremendous impact 
on many, many communities across this nation. 

I particularly enjoy working for Home 
Missions because our objective is to bring our 
country back to what made it great. Our 
country was founded on Biblical principles and 
through the BHMC we hope to impact com- 
munities in such a way that lives will be trans- 
formed and others will be influenced to turn 
back to a Biblical morality. I feel very pleased 
to work with an organization that has this 

Skiles: Larry, thanks for sharing with us. ■ 



coming soon at 

The Brethren Home Missions Council's 
National Conference Luncheon^ 

Thursday, July 30, 1:00 p.m. 
Winona Hotel, Winona Lake, Indiana 

Tickets: To be available at the Conference 
hospitality booth, $5.25 per person. 

National Fellowship of Grace Brethren Men, Inc. 

"Faithful men, who shall be able to teach others also" 2 Timothy 2:2. 

Mr. James Knepper 
Mr. Marlin Rose 
Mr. Ben Zimmerman 

by Harold Hollinger 

President of National Fellowship of 
Grace Brethren Men 


— Effective June 1 , 1981 , all correspondence and money 
should be sent to our new national headquarters in the 
Herald Building. Our official address is: 

Grace Brethren Men and Boys 
P.O. Box 416 

Winona Lake, Indiana 46590 
Phone: 219/267-7158 

Note: We are now incorporated in the state of 
Indiana under our new name — "Grace Brethren 
Men and Boys." 

— A First at national conference. Yes, men, this year will 
be your first opportunity to elect by ballot the men 
who serve you on the national executive committee. 
You also will have opportunity to vote for the men to 
be elected to the national Men's board and the Grace 
Brethren Boys' board. 


— National conference project goal —$2,000. 

■ 50 percent of our conference project will go toward purchasing office equipment and 
furniture for our new office in Winona Lake, Indiana. 

■ 50 percent of our conference project will go to "Emergency Student Relief Fund" of Grace 
Schools. These funds are made available to seminary students. 

— Our proposed budget for 1981-82, which will be presented at national conference for adoption, is 
$40,000. Will you share again this year out of the abundance of His blessings upon you? 

NATIONAL MEN'S SUNDAY - November 1, 1981 

— The executive committee has again set aside the first Sunday of November as National Men's Sunday. 
Circle the date and plan now to do something special in your church. Watch for September Herald for 
more information. 


— The executive committee has a real concern for and a desire to see more districts develop strong men's 
groups. Why not see what you can do to develop a stronger men's ministry in your district? 





Mr. Harold Hollinger, R. R. 4, Box 135, Elizabeth- 
town, Pa. 17022 
Vice President 

Mr. Jack Seitzinger, 6226 Taylor Dr., Blacklick, 

Ohio 43004 

Mr. Marlin Rose, R.R.7, Box 186, Warsaw, Ind. 


Mr. Roger Hancock, R. R. 5, Touby Rd., Mansfield, 

Ohio 44903 
Pastoral Advisor 

Pastor Mick Rockafellow, 432 Hilltop Circle, Eliza- 

bethtown,Pa. 17022 
Members at Large 

Mr. Don Fueling 

Mr. Clark Miller 

Mr. Richard Wells 

On June 1, Grace Brethren Men and Boys 
moved their national office from Flora, Indi- 
ana, to Winona Lake, Indiana. We are taking 
up residence in the Herald Building, formerly 
known to many of you as the College Book- 
store on Kings Highway. 

Our new telephone number is 
219/267-7158. Don't be surprised when the 
phone is answered, "Herald Ministries." You 
have not dialed a wrong number. Simply ask 
for Grace Brethren Men and Boys and your 
call will be switched to our office. By using 
the Herald Company phone system in this 
way, we are able to realize a savings of about 
$1 ,500 a year. We feel that we would rather 
channel that money into helping local 
churches with their boys' ministry than give it 
to the telephone company. 

Much prayer and careful thought have gone 
into this decision to relocate. However, Grace 

Brethren Boys has grown and expanded its 
areas of ministry to the point where we feel it 
best to locate our office at our fellowship's 
headquarters in Winona Lake. We want to 
work more closely with both Home and 
Foreign Missions as well as Grace Schools in 
the near future. We believe this move will 
enable us to serve you more effectively. 

All contributions, orders, and other corre- 
spondence should be sent to our new address. 

We sincerely invite each one of you to stop 
in and see us while you are at conference or 
whenever you are in the area. We want to 
help you in your ministries to men and boys 
in your church. ■ 

Seminary Applying for Accreditation 

by Dr. Charles R. Smith Director of Admissions, Grace Theological Seminary 

In February of 1981 the Grace Schools' board of 
trustees authorized the seminary administration to 
proceed with plans for application for accreditation 
by the Commission on Institutions of Higher Edu- 
cation of the North Central Association of Colleges 
and Schools. This decision followed a lengthy process 
of investigation of the potential advantages and dis- 
advantages relating to accreditation. The process 
involved faculty and extensive committee discussions, 
correspondence with accredited evangelical seminaries, 
student and alumni surveys, and contact with the 
North Central Association. 

What Is Accreditation? 

Accreditation is the certification, by a recognized 
association of educators, that an institution has 
legitimate educational purposes, is substantially 
accomplishing its own stated purposes, and is 
organized, staffed, and supported so that it may be 
expected to continue to do so. 

What Kind of Accreditation? 

In the United States there are six regional accredit- 
ing associations. These independent associations are 
recognized both by government agencies and by 
private organizations as certifying or accrediting 
agencies for elementary, secondary, collegiate, and 
graduate schools within their regions. Although their 
certifications are recognized on a national basis, the 
term "regional accreditation" refers to accreditation 
by one of these associations. In addition to these 
regional associations, several associations are recog- 
nized for the purpose of certifying accreditation for 
certain special-purpose institutions. The Association 
of Theological Schools and the American Association 
of Bible Colleges are examples. Accreditation by 
such agencies is often referred to as "professional 
accreditation." Both kinds of accreditation are 
recognized by government agencies and by most 
private organizations. Some schools apply for both 
kinds of accreditation. Grace has chosen not to apply 
at the present time for "professional accreditation" 
with the Association of Theological Schools but for 
"regional accreditation" with the North Central 

Why Bother? 

For many years Grace Theological Seminary has 
been widely recognized for the academic and spiritual 
quality of its programs. And since the primary 
purpose of the seminary has been, and continues to 
be, the preparation of students for effective pastoral 
and missionary ministries, over the years there has 
been very little interest in accreditation. After all, 
many have felt, why should a pastor or missionary 
care whether his seminary is accredited— as long as it 
offers training that is Biblical and adequate for its 
purposes? Why, then, has the board of trustees, 
the administration, and the seminary faculty chosen 
to apply for accreditation? 

Philosophy of accreditation 

Several factors are involved in answering this 
question. In the first place, in recent years accrediting 
agencies themselves have undergone extensive changes 
in philosophy and policy. The old system of 
evaluation based merely upon the meeting of 
specified objective standards (specified minimums in 
endowment funds, library holdings, doctorates from 
accredited institutions, and so forth) is now passe. 
Today accreditation is viewed as a certification that 
an institution is substantially accomplishing its own 
stated purposes and has adequate personnel, organiza- 
tional and financial resources so that it may be 
reasonably expected to continue to do so. 

Commitment to self-evaluation 

This philosophy of accreditation suggests one of 
its major benefits in that by applying for accreditation, 
an institution is committing itself to an ongoing 
process of evaluation. All institutional processes, 
structures, and resources are self-appraised with an 
eye to improvement in fulfilling institutional 
purposes. Other evangelical seminaries which have 
gone through this process have attested to its value. 
(These include Dallas Theological Seminary, West- 
minster Theological Seminary, Grand Rapids Baptist 
Theological Seminary, Western Conservative Baptist 
Seminary, and Talbot Theological Seminary.) Grace 
is already experiencing such benefits during the 
preparation of its own self-study and application. 

Certification for ministries 

Another important consideration is that many ■ 
private foundations and agencies, as well as certain I 
government agencies and bureaus, are looking to 
accreditation as a means of certifying the worthiness 
of an institution's students and graduates for certain 
benefits and positions. In view of the growing 
number of "diploma mills," this approach is under- 
standable. Recently such widely divergent matters as 
foundation funding for minority students, veterans' 
benefits, and certification for military chaplaincy, | 
have all been linked with accreditation. Increasingly, 
missionaries and foreign students returning for 
ministries in Third World countries have found that a 
degree from an accredited Institution is necessary for 
recognition with foreign governments. I 

Educational requirements 

The increasing number of Grace Theological Semi- 
nary graduates entering various teaching ministries (at 
the elementary, secondary, college, and graduate 
levels) provides another impetus for desiring accredi- 
tation. Many institutions do not recognize credits or 
degrees from unaccredited schools. Also many states 
and institutions have employment policies which 
require or give preference to graduates of accredited 
institutions. Grace has assumed a position of leader- 
ship in preparing administrators for Christian schools 
and accreditation is important for graduates of our 

Christian School Administration program. In addi- 
tion, graduates of Grace Theological Seminary are 
teaching in about 100 institutions of higher education 
and accredited degrees are becoming increasingly 
important to the institutions which employ these 

Are There Dangers? 

A recent alumni survey revealed that the great 
majority of Grace alumni approve the seminary's 
decision to seek accreditation. A significant number 
indicated that they did not know enough about 
accreditation to state either approval or disapproval. 
A small minority expressed objections based upon 
several perceived dangers. One of the envisioned 
dangers is the potential for a group of outsiders to 
dictate seminary policy, determine who is employed 
for teaching, and so forth. In responding to this con- 
cern, it may be bluntly stated that the accreditation 
process does not give outsiders any voice whatever in 
i institutional decisions. Evaluation team members 
may make recommendations, but the seminary 
faculty, administration, and trustees, will continue to 
determine policy. 

A similar concern, expressed by a few alumni, is 
that accreditation would entail governmental control 
of programs or policies. This concern is based upon a 
misunderstanding of accreditation. Accreditation is 
not a governmental function since accrediting 
agencies are independent associations of schools. 
Indeed, accrediting associations are viewed by many 
as a hedge against undue control by government 
agencies. If these private associations were not recog- 
nized for accrediting purposes, the government would 
undoubtedly establish its own procedures which 
would almost certainly culminate in extensive 
governmental control. 

Accredited by God? 

Occasionally one hears a remark such as the 
following: "We are already accredited by God; why 
seek human accreditation?" In response, we do trust 
that we are accredited by God. His rich blessings 
upon us are certainly evident. But perhaps the most 
important reason for viewing accreditation as 
desirable is the opportunity it affords to demonstrate 
again that fidelity to the Word of God and to spiritual 
pursuits may be maintained in conformity with the 
highest of academic standards. Accreditation for 
Grace College has in no way detracted from the em- 
phasis on Biblical and spiritual concerns. To the 
contrary, it is generally recognized that spiritual 
interests at Grace College are higher now than at any 
time in the past. The recent New York Times 
article on Grace College is an illustration of the fact 
that a demonstration of high academic standards is an 
aid in gaining respect for Biblical convictions and 
standards as well. 

By applying for accreditation we are not seeking 
human rather than divine approval since it is "in the 
sight of God," and for His glory, that we are "com- 
mending ourselves to every man's conscience" (2 Cor. 
4:2). According to 1 Peter 2:13-15, it is the will of 
God for Christians to submit themselves "to every 
ordinance of man for the Lord's sake." ■ 



Theological Seminary 


from Grace Brethren Churches 


Joyce A. Deacon, Marietta, Ga. 
Dan L. Gillette, Winona Lake, Ind. 
Brenda C. Welling, Goshen, Ind. 

Robert A. Belohlavek, Warsaw, Ind. 
Gerald P. Kyser, Mansfield, Ohio 
Randolph V. Senior, Warsaw, Ind. 
Lester A. Vnasdale, Mansfield, Ohio 



Teresa L. Crandall, Ormond Beach, Fla. 

Scott A. Firebaugh, Wooster, Ohio 

John F. Carini, Brookville, Ohio 
Robert L. Foote, Englewood, Ohio 
James E. Fredericks, Winona Lake, Ind. 
Scott D. Garber, Elkhart, Ind. 
Roy G. Herbster, Osceola, Ind. 
Terry A. Hofecker, Warsaw, Ind. 
Daniel P. Moeller, Winona Lake, Ind. 
Joseph E. Nass, Sidney, Ind. 
Ronald N. Welsh, Leesburg, Ind. 
Kevin D. Zuber, Davenport, Iowa 


Steven C. Bradley, Cypress, Calif. 

Isaac v. Graham, Wooster, Ohio 

Harold R. Holmyard, III, Winona Lake, ind. 

David A. Wolfe, Winona Lake, Ind. 

Richard L. Mayhue, Worth ington, Ohio 


Grace College 


from Grace Brethren Churches 



Rhonda K. Carini, Brookville, Ohio 
Tamela L. Fast, Ashland, Ohio 
Gail L. Hawkins, Beaver City, Neb. 
Janet L. Hughes, Maitland, Fla. 
Joyce A. Mason, Warsaw, Ind. 
Ruth A. Penfold, Marietta, Ga. 
Regina M. Spotleson, Canton, Ohio 

Diane E. Dinsmore, Phoenix, Ariz. 
James D. Folsom, Yakima, Wash. 

Laura M. Guerena, Mexico City, Mex. 

Esther J. Harshbarger, Flora, Ind. 
Nathan A. Johnson, Wooster, Ohio 

Katherine R. Kent, Winona Lake, Ind. 
Lois M. Kisner, Norton, Ohio 

Joseph P. Lehmann, Worthing- 

ton, Ohio 
Sharon Linn, Warsaw, Ind. 
Stanley W. Martin, Warsaw, Ind. 

Robert A. Melcher, Warsaw, Ind. 

Daniel D. Michaels, Fremont, Ohio 
Jeanette S. Miller, Colorado 
Springs, Colo. 

James A. Millican, Bellflower, Calif. 

Joel E. Moine, Rittman, Ohio 
Chet Nelson, Beaverton, Oreg. 

William D. Ray, Rittman, Ohio 
Sharon M. Schwartz, Santa 

Maria, Calif. 
Kathy S. Stauffer, Winona 

Lake, Ind. 
Daniel E. Thornton, Warsaw, Ind. 

Soc. Studies 
Bib. Lang. 
Bib. Studies 
French Edu. 
Bus. Adm., 
Music Edu. 
Bib. Stu. 
Bib. Lang. 
Eng. Edu. 
Bib. Studies 
Bib. Studies 

Bib. Lang., 
Bib. Studies, 
Bib. Studies 

Bib. Studies 




Patricia V. Capps, Beaumont, Calif. 


Garry E. Clark, Warsaw, Ind. 


Rosemary L. Clawson, Winona 

Lake, Ind. 

Ele. Edu. 

Keith A. Denlinger, Englewood, Ohio 




Freddie J. Firebaugh, Jr., Roanoke, Va. 


Michael D. Griffith, Winona 

Lake, Ind. 


Kenneth P. Hynes, Temple Hills, Md. 



Joan E. Kepner, Goshen, Ind. 


James P. Klisz, Warsaw, Ind. 

Speech . 

Thomas G. Knight, Philadelphia, Pa. 


Patricia F. Knox, Fort 

Lauderdale, Fla. 


Deborah A. KolakowskI, Winona 


Lake, Ind. 



David W. Koontz, Winona 

Lake, Ind. 


Rodney J. Lentz, Brookville, Ohio 

Ele. Edu. 

Donald R. MacGregor, Bell- 

flower, Calif. 


Lois D. Mack, Indianapolis, Ind. 

Ele. Edu. 

James A. Marshall, Peru, Ind. 


Stephen M. Martin, Johnstown, Pa. 



Kimberly 1. Maurer, Mansfield, Ohio 



Glendee J. Morse, Winona Lake, Ind. 

Ele. Edu. 

Kerin J. Nutter, Ashland, Ohio 


Carol A. Oeize, Winona Lake, Ind. 

Ele. Edu. 

Mark T. OeIze, Winona Lake, Ind. 



Roseann C. Oest, Winona Lake, Ind. 

Ele. Edu. 

Kenneth A. Otto, Telford, Pa. 

Physical Edu 

Susan L. Quillen, Beaumont, Calif. 

Ele. Edu. 

Emily L. Reber, Wooster, Ohio 


Leisa B. Rude, Fort 

Lauderdale, Fla. 

Physical Edu 

Jeffrey B. Secaur, Elkhart, Ind. 

Speech Edu. 

Karen L. Simmons, Winona 

Lake, Ind. 


David W. Stombaugh, Johnstown, Pa. 




Shelby J. Stoneham, Waynesboro, Pa. 


Paul W. Thompson, Winona Lake, Ind 



Susan J. Thornton, Warsaw, Ind. 

Ele. Edu. 

Donald L. Toy, Kittanning, Pa. 

Art Edu. 

Bradley D. Trottman, Roanoke, Va. 


Debra L. Wilcoxson, Winona 

Lake, Ind. 

Ele. Edu. 


JANUARY 18-25, 1982 






Dr. John MacArthur Dr. Larry Crabb Jack Wyrtzen Christine Wyrtzen 

A cruise is a total vacation. You will unwind 
amidst the warm breezes of tranquil seas, you 
will be spiritually challenged by three of 
America's foremost Christian leaders and you 
will enjoy a full week with others who share 
your love for the Lord Jesus Christ. 

Dr. John MacArthur will be our Bible teacher, 
Dr. Larry Crabb will provide positive direction 
to those who counsel and Jack Wyrtzen will 
broaden our evangelistic vision. In addition 
our hearts will rejoice at the warm musical 
ministry of Christine Wyrtzen. 


For more information: 

Alumni Association 
Grace Schools 
Winona Lake, IN 46590 




From the Fellowship of Grace Brethren Churches 

D "After 40 years of joy and blessing here [Win- 
chester, Va.] in the church, Pastor and Mrs. Paul Dick 
have been led of the Lord to retire from the active 
ministry on Oct. 1, 1981. These years have been filled 
with association among a group of dedicated and 
faithful believers for which we shall never cease to 
praise God." -Rev. and Mrs. Paul Dick 

D PASTORAL POTPOURRI-Clair Brickel is serving 
as interim pastor at the Grace Brethren Church, Van- 
dalia, Ohio. "Gerald Root is the interim pastor at 
the Huber Heights Grace Brethren Church, Dayton, 
Ohio. 'John Viers will assume the pastorate of the 
Grace Brethren Church, Centerville, Ohio. "On July 1, 
Kurt Miller became the senior pastor of the Grace 
Brethren Church, Everett, Pa. His address is: P.O. Box 
61, Clearville, Pa. 15535 (please change your/4/7/7t/a/A 
Homer Lingenfelter, former pastor at Everett, has 
semi-retired and will act as associate pastor of the 
church. "Wayne Hannah has assumed the pastorate of 
the Grace Brethren Church of Richmond, Va. He was 
formerly the associate pastor of the Grace Brethren 
Church of Greater Atlanta, Ga. 

DThe Bellflower Grace Brethren Church has licensed 
two additional men to the Christian ministry. They 
are: Al Siebert, 2021 Dawson Ave., Long Beach, 
Calif. 90806 (Tel. 213/434-9867); and Chris Nord, 
9941 Ramona, No. 12A, Bellflower, Calif. 90706 
(Tel. 213/867-4387). Mr. Siebert is executive 
director of Campus Life, Long Beach; and Mr. Nord 
is a pastoral intern at the church. 

D A young teen program for grades 7-9 is being plan- 
ned for this year's national conference. Activities are 
scheduled for the week of July 26-31. GBC Christian 
Education personnel, including Timothy Team and 
Operation Barnabas members will participate. 

n Dr. Herman Koontz is at it again! A veteran at es- 
tablishing Grace Brethren churches in Florida, he now 
pastors a new work at Orange City, Fla., organized as 
the Calvary Grace Brethren Church. Further informa- 
tion may be obtained by calling 1-904-775-8548. 

chanae ycur annual 

Richard Battis, 332 Greenwood Ave., Akron, Ohio 
44320. • Earl and Lita Futch, C. C. 3936, Correo 
Central, 1000 Buenos Aires, Argentina. • Arthur 
F. Collins, 27832 Corwin Rd., Dowagiac, Mich. 
49047. (Tel. 616/782-2054). • Roger Krynock, 
15567 Meadow Brook Dr., Marysville, Ohio 43040. 
• John B. Patrick, 1351 Brownsboro Rd., Eagle Point, 
Oreg. 97524. • Marion Thomas, 6132 T-83, Findlay, 
Ohio 45840 (Tel. 419/859-3715). • Richard Grant, 
2851 Lincoln Way E., Apt. D2, Massillon, Ohio 
44646. • Page 33, under "Language Study:" Mr. and 
Mrs. John Ochocki and Rev. and Mrs. Tom Stallter, 
B.P. 240, Bangui, Central African Republic. "The new 
phone number for Kenneth Cosgrove is 717-848-9316. 


Laurel Goshaw and Phil Moyer, January 17, Penn Valley 
Grace Brethren Church, Telford, Pa. 

Lisa Leithead and Robert Kearns, February 14, Penn Valley 
Grace Brethren Church, Telford, Pa. 

Vicki Christie and Bryan Futch, April 3, Sidney Grace Breth- 
ren Church, Sidney, Ind. The bride's father (Rev. George 
Christie, pastor of the Grace Brethren Church, Goldendale, 
Wash.), assisted by Pastor A. Rollin Sandy, performed the 
wedding ceremony. Bryan is the son of two of our Argentine 
missionaries. Rev. and Mrs. Earl Futch. 

Diana Moore and Rod Longenberger, Feb. 14, Bellflower 
Brethren Church, Bellflower, Calif. Ed Cashman, pastor. 

Tammy Davis and Timmy Lynn, April 25, First Brethren 
Church, Buena Vista, Va. Lester Kennedy, pastor. 

Carolyn Rupp and Robert Rex, April 25, Grace Brethren 
Church, Kittanning, Pa. Richard Cornwell, pastor. 


GUTHRIE, Howard. A memorial service was held on May 5. 
Charles A. Flowers, pastor. 

HARRISON, Mrs. Lula, was a longtime member of the Clear- 
brook Grace Brethren Church, Roanoke, Va. Memorial service 
was held on January 21. Charles A. Flowers, pastor. 

Solution to our June 
puzzle is shown. We 
apologize for the 
errors in last month's 
puzzle: No. lOdown 
(I Chron26:7) did 
not contain a gate- 
keeper; Across 14 
should have been I 
Kings 19:16;and 
Across 29 should 
have been Jer. 40:14. 
There should have 
been a solid block 
after "Aaron" and 
No. 50 should have 
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MANSFIELD, OHIO, in an ever expanding 
Great Commission Ministry introduces the 


The Theological Practorium is a learning 
concept that is so old that it's new again. 
Essentially, this is the approach Jesus 
employed with His "Twelve". 

The Theological Practorium is a two 
dimensional education. The Theological 
side presents the scholar with the finest 
studies in Biblical Theology and Greek. 

The Practorium aspect provides field ex- 
perience or "practice of the ministry" in 
the local church. 

The course spans two years of training in- 
volving 24 months continuous study and 

The core courses are conducted by 
qualified church staff with special studies 
under the direction of guest lectureships. 

Ail classes are offered at night. Each par- 
ticipant will be needed in the local church 
ministry a minimum of ten hours per 
week, hence, the Practorium work pays 
the tuition costs. The expenses 
associated with this program are, 
therefore, minor. 

The Theological Practorium is directed by 
J. Hudson Thayer, Executive Pastor, and 
Dr. Herman Hoyt, Consultant and Guest 
Lecturer. Other guest lecturers include 
Dr. John Whitcom.b, Pastor Custer 
and more. 

The Theological Practorium begins 
September 6, 1981. 

For free brochure write, 
Theological Practonurn 
531 Marion Avenue 
Mansfield, Chic 44903 

This program is avaiiabif 
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Saturday Evening, 
July 25, 1981, 
8:00 p.m. 

Rodeheaver Auditorium, 
Winona Lake, Indiana 

Sponsored by the 

Brethren Missionary Herald . 

no admission charge 



Starr Nahrwold, a talented recording artist in sacred 
music, radiates a warmth and excitement with every 
song she sings. By combining her lovely soprano 
voice with the best-loved hymns and gospel songs, 
Starr communicates the love of God in a refreshing 
and personal way. 

Early in Starr's singing career, she performed with a 
professional group of musicians who traveled 
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tour, performances included appearing with such 
celebrities as Bob Hope and Tennessee Ernie Ford. It 
was during this time of singing and traveling that Starr 
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Starr has served as a soloist for many churches. 
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monthly by the Brethren Missionary Herald Co., P.O. Box 544, 
1104 Kings Highway, Winona Lake, IN 46590. Subscription 
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Pastor Ed Gross holding self-supporting cake for the Ephrata Area 
GBC, one of BHMC's many First Fruits. (See page 10) 

repcrted in the herald 

35 YEARS AGO - 1946 

From a Bryan University paper we glean this item: "Mrs. Eileen 
Miller, a senior from Winona Lake, Indiana, was awarded a $10.00 
prize for having the highest academic average during her attendance 
at the University." ... Dr. L. S. Bauman reported that the income 
for Foreign Missions for the year ending June 30, 1946, was 
$125,740.69. This was $6,000.00 over the former year and a new 

15 YEARS AGO - 1966 

The Board of Evangelism announced the appointment of Rev. Scott 
Weaver as a full-time member of their staff. . . . George Wallace, 
pastor at North English, Iowa, was ordained to the Christian minis- 
try. . . . Ralph Colburn reported a large VBS enrollment of 496 at 
Fort Lauderdale, Florida. 

5 YEARS AGO - 1976 

Paul Mutchler, from Columbus, Ohio, began his duties as minister of 
youth at Osceola, Indiana. ... Dr. L. L. Grubb agreed to direct the 
Home Missions Stewardship program, traveling to churches and 
emphasizing stewardship principles based on God's Word. 


Dear Reader, 

It's a first! In this current issue of the Herald is a "gate- 
fold" cover. This foldout-style has not been used in our 42 
years of publishing. 

We congratulate Grace Village on their willingness to 
enter into this new venture. 

Thanks to our BMH Printing department for the excel- 
lent job in producing it.— CWT 

Editor, Charles W. Turner 
Managing Editor, Kenneth E. Herman 
Production Manager, Bruce Brickel 
Artist, Mary Jane Fretz 
Editorial Secretary, Omega Sandy 
Departmental Editors: 

Christian Education: 

Knute Larson, Ginny Toroian 

Foreign Missions: 

John W. Zielasko, Nora Macon 

Grace Brethren Boys: 

Mike Ostrander 

Grace Brethren Men: 

Harold Hollinger 

Grace Schools: * 

Dr. Homer A. Kent, Jr., Don Cramer 

Home Missions: 

Dr. Lester E. Pifer, Brad Skiles 

Women's Missionary Council: 

Linda Hoke 



Volume 43 


August 1981 



Crossing Cultures to Plant Churches 
Committed to the Gospel 
First Fruits 

From Fifth Wife to WMC President 
A Moment with Missions 
Miriam Churchill— Her Family's Tribute 
20 "All Things Work Together . . ." 

23 Homespun 

24 Handy Closet 

25 Dear WMC Friends 

27 "The Year of the Family" 

1980-81 Christian Ed Award Winners 

Hoping to Help . . . 
30 A Weekend to Remember 
32 Pursuing Priorities 
34 News Notes 

bmh features 

• Reflections By Still Waters 2 • 
• BMH News Report 12 • 


Rev Shfrwood Durkee, Adminislrator 


Grace Village takes great 
pride in its residents. This 
special group of retired chris- 
tian people enjoy all of the 
facilities provided for their 
comfort along with the 
fellowship of each other. 

Through the caring and shar- 
ing with each other, Grace 
Village Retirement Center is "a 
very satisfying home" for 
many. Residents may enjoy the 
freedom of no lawn care, no 
meal preparation, no dishes 
and no worry of heating and 
cooling systems or leaky 
faucets. Several enjoy 
vegetable gardening and their 
personal flower gardens along 
with many other planned mon- 
thly activities. 

Special Care 

The health care facility came 
into focus during 1980. 
Groundbreaking took place 
August 1, 1980 and occupation 
date is set for September 1981. 
The first stage includes 32 beds 
with all the necessary services. 

Grace Village health care facili- 
ty will be one of the finest in 
the nation with the outstanding 
feature of having a qualified 
christian staff. 


One feature our residents ap- 
preciate is that of personal 
privacy. Each apartment is the 
resident's personal environ- 
ment decorated with their per- 
sonal possessions. For personal 
needs there is a beauty shop 
and laundry room available 
along with sitting and game 
rooms. Transportation is pro- 
vided to nearby churches and 

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shopping areas for all residents 
on a regular schedule. Grace 
Village ... a planned complex 
designed to enrich the retire- 
ment years in a truly christian 


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Winona Lake, IN 

Reflections By Still Waters 

To Pray or not to Pray - 
that is the Question! 

Charles W. Turner 


Granted, the title idea is not an 
original, but have you ever tried to 
come up with about 500 original 
titles for editorials? It is just not as 
easy as it may seem, but that is not 
the question. The real question 
w/hich confronts thousands of 
Christian people is: "What should 
one do on those public occasions 
when dining out and the time 
comes to be thankful?" Do you 
pray when the refreshments are 
light at the fast-foods place, or do 
you reserve your prayers for the ten 
dollar meal with all of the 

One practical word of advice 
before we get into the real 

discussion. In recalling some of the 
food that I have eaten in restau- 
rants, you had better pray before 
you eat it! This note of caution is 
not only for thankful reasons, but 
also for the preservation of life and 
meaningful health. A word for 
divine protection is as much in 
order as being thankful for the 
food. When one fast-food chain 
boasts of selling 35 billion ham- 
burgers, the law of averages says 
there is going to be a few bad ones 
in the batch. 

That word of caution aside, it 
seems that public prayers of thanks 
for food are on the increase. I have 
been in places lately where there 
are even suggested prayers for the 
thankful— one for Jews, one for 
Catholics, and one for Protestants. 

You can't beat that for being 
helpful! In certain parts of the 
country you are almost ashamed to 
neglect a prayer of thanks because 
everyone does it. There are 
different kinds of public-thanks 
prayers . . . they range from the 
bashful, or the scratch-your- 
forehead, or quickly-bow your head 
prayers, to the family that joins 
hands and almost has its daily 
devotions in public. 

At this point, let it be known I 
believe that public prayers of 
thanks for the food are right and 
should be done. But people keep 
asking whether it should be done 
and I think some of the questions 
point up some kind of problem. 
The Lord discusses the matter in 
the Book of Matthew concerning the 
place of prayer— whether it should 
be in the closet or on the street 
corner. The purpose of the discus 
sion was, of course, to point out 
that praying just to be seen is not 
the point of prayer. 

It seems to me that being thank- 
ful for one's food is right, whether 
it be in the home at the table or 
in a public eating place. But like all 
things, it should be done for the 
right reason and purpose. When it 
becomes an act of public worship 
in order to be seen of men, then 
Jesus has a few negative things to 
say about such action. I do not 
believe the Lord asks us to go to a 
public place of feasting and call all 
of the waiters, cooks, cashiers, and 
busboys together— have them join 
in the singing of the doxology and a 
couple other old hymns of the 
church before we can eat. I would 
be surprised to see a whole family 
kneel around their table at Burger 
Chef or McDonalds. 

However, I am pleased when I 
see a family, with a quiet reverent 
spirit, pause to thank their God for 
His provision of their daily bread. 
Prayer was never meant to be a 
production; it is a quiet communion 
with our God. Prayer is not a 
display for other people, but a 
word with our Saviour— and that is 
appropriate at any time. 

To pray or not to pray— that is 
the question. Please do— that is the 
answer! ■ 

An interview with Rev. Phil Lesl<o, Director of Church Planting and Outreach for the Brethren Navajo Mission. 

The Phil Lesko Family 

Crossing Cultures to Plant Churches 

Phil Lesko is a missionary to the Navajos. He's a 
church planter. He speaks their language and is re- 
sponsible for the development of indigenous Grace 
Brethren churches in Navajoland. 

Phil and his family have been at the Brethren 
Navajo Mission since January 1 , 1974. They are now 
ready to take a well-deserved furlough. 

Coming through Winona Lake on their way to 
Pennsylvania, I had an opportunity to chat with Phil 
about his ministry to the Navajos. 

by Brad Skiles 

Promotional Secretary 

Phil, What's it like working with Navajos? 

It's difficult. It is a completely different 
culture and a different language. All our 
services are in Navajo and it is hard to 
function in that type of atmosphere. 

Is Navajo a hard language to learn? 

Yes, very hard. So much different than 
English. We're happy that the Lord didn't 

give us the Bible in Navajo. I'd still be lost. 

But you do speak Navajo? 

Yes, but I have to work at it. I preach in 
Navajo and I can understand most of what 
they are saying. 

In essence, Phil, what do you do? What's 
your weekly schedule like? 

Every evening, except Saturday, I hold churchi 
services or revival meetings as we call them. 
We leave from home about 5:30 p.m. and 
pick up a few people along the way. When we 
arrive at the meeting place I start the generator 
'and get the lights and P. A. working. Then I 
start to sing. Oftentimes, especially at the 
beginning of the week, the meetings are 
sparsely attended and I lead the singing, pray, 
read the Scripture and then preach. If 
anything breaks down, if the generator stops 
running, I have to go out and fix it. 

I arrive home from the meeting at about 
1 1 :00 or 12:00 at night and then get up the 
next morning at 6:30 to go to our staff 
devotions. I get back home for breakfast at 

about 7:30 or 8:00 and then I have to prepare 
for that evening's message and the details of 
the meeting. 

If there is any maintenance on the 
squipment, I do it. I also set up the sign and 
determine where the next meeting will be. If 
there is any visitation that needs to be done, 
I'll also do that. 

On Monday nights I was meeting with a 
man, Roger Largo, to train him how to preach 
and how to minister. Sundays we have 
Navajo church meetings, and Saturdays I 
devote to my family. 

Are the Navajos receptive to the church 
planting ministry? 

I'm working mostly with the Christians. When I 
/vent to the mission the need seemed to be for 
someone who could teach the Christians and 
Dreach to the ones who had already made 
decisions. They needed someone to bring 
them along in the faith. I don't do a whole 
lot of soul winning. The non-Christians are 
not receptive to white people. But the 
Christians are. They are hungry for the Word 
and looking for someone who can read the 
Bible'and explain what it means, which I have 
been endeavoring to do in the Navajo 
language. They really appreciate that. 

I encourage the Christians to reach out to 
their relatives and I'll hold tent revivals or 
home prayer meetings or church services in 
the homes so the people can invite their 
relatives who live nearby. And this has been 
effective. People do invite their relatives. 

The population as a whole is not making 
any group movement. The Navajo people are 
not that type. Each individual is independent. 

How many Navajo churches do we have? 

We have three Navajo churches. One at Red 
Lake, Arizona, where John Trujillo is 
pastoring. Another church is at Day Mesa. 
Johnson Chiquito is the leader there. Our 
third church is at Cedar Hill and Tully Butler 
oastors that work. There is also a church 
service at the mission but that isn't really a 
Part of the Navajo church community. Nelson 
'3etoney is trying to start a church at Kaibito 
land we have a couple other "irons in the fire" 
as well. 

These churches are all led by Navajo pastors? 

^ed Lake and Cedar Hill are. I 've been the 
"nissionary pastor at Day Mesa, but Johnson 
hiquito is taking over some of the responsi- 
3ility there and he is really the leader, I've 
Deen just the preacher. 

How many Navajo Brethren do you estimate 
we have in our churches? 

Counting everyone's kids and grandkids, we 
have about 200. 

Is it growing? 

It seems to be growing. We had several family 
groups come to the Lord recently. Tully has 
been having a very effective ministry in 
evening visitation. He drives the school bus 
for the mission during the day and visits in 
the evening and also holds home prayer 
meetings. He's very effective at personal 
counseling and soul winning. That is hardest 
for me. It's not hard to preach in Navajo 
because I can plan out what I will say, but to 
counsel and to have a conversation and gather 
all that the person is saying and then come 
back with an answer, that is really hard. But 
Tully can do that; he's a native. He has been 
able to lead a couple of family groups, moms 
and dads and kids and grandkids to the Lord 
recently. I come along a little later and hold 
revival meetings and the people join in and it 
works out really well. Tully and I work 
together in that fashion. 

Is our Mission unique? Are other missions 
having the same impact among the Navajos? 

We started preaching several years ago. Other 
missionaries have learned the language and are 
also preaching. But we seem to be among the 
first to develop a strategy for church planting. 
The Navajo Gospel Mission also has been 
developing a church planting strategy and the 
tent ministry is an important part of it. 

Our strategy now is that the church is going 
to develop as a rotating meeting. A central 
church does not work. It doesn't work for 
the indigenous Navajo church and it doesn't 
work for mission churches. But the rotating 
meeting, what's called the tent revival, seems 
to be the pattern and people become loyal to 
a certain preacher as he takes his tent from 
place to place. 

Navajos are very clannish and each clan 
wants their own church. With the rotating 
meeting we can reach these clans and give the 
Christian family an opportunity to invite their 
neighboring relatives to attend their services. 

How often would the meeting come back to 

The meeting is in one area for a week. Two 
weeks would be good, but then it would limit 
us in the number of locations we could reach. 
If we set up one week with one family group 
we can come back to that family once every 
two months. 

What happens in the meantime? 

If the meeting is down the road at the next 
family and it's close, then they can come 

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across the road and support that family. We 
are trying to get them to support each other's 
meetings. We would like them to plan it out 
among themselves and if they have the 
gasoline and if their car is in good shape 
maybe they can come once or twice to the 
other person's meeting. 

Tully has been holding home Bible studies 
with some of these families so that while we 
are away with the tent somewhere, Tully is 
coming in once a week and holding a meeting. 
We are also trying to get some of the men to 
hold their own Bible studies with their in-laws 
and relatives. Then our Sunday services at 
Cedar Hill and Day Mesa provide continuing 

Tell us about the bus. 

In the winter time it is hard to hold a meeting 
in the tent because it is so cold, so we fixed 
up a school bus. We turned the seats around 
and installed a wood stove. We preach from 
the back of the bus and with the seats turned 
around, people can enter without disturbing 
the meeting. The bus has worked out real 
well and has allowed us to continue our 
rotating ministry during the winter. We did 
not begin using the bus until February and 
were able to have five different weeks of 
revival meetings. 

Sometimes the meetings start out real slow. 
I recall one meeting last winter when we 
started out with just one person. And, boy, I 
really preached at him, and sang my heart 
out. By Friday, we had the bus packed full! 

In addition to this rotating method, how does 
the Navajo church differ from the Grace 
Brethren churches we are accustomed to? 

Certainly the kinship influence is different 
and that has resulted in the rotating method. 
The length of our services would be very 

noticeable. Our camp meetings last about 
two hours and the Sunday service is just 
slightly shorter. There is no written list of 
names for membership but each camp and 
family group knows its own members. Navajo 
churches are a group unto themselves and 
their fellowship is primarily with other Navajo- 
speaking and Navajo culturally oriented 
groups. We do have male leadership in our 
churches and they are generally the natural 
leaders in their camps and are 30-40 years old. 
Stewardship is seasonal, sporadic and centered 
around projects. Giving may be of time, use 
of home, use of vehicle, crops, and so forth. 
Doctrinal emphasis is on issues that are 
current in the Navajo community and not 
necessarily in the white society. In all of the 
comparisons we need to realize that the 
activities of the Navajo church may seem 
strange to us because they are centered 
around the needs of the Navajo people in the 
area and not mainstream white society. 

You mentioned doctrine. What are some 
doctrinal issues facing the Navajo church? 

The Peyote cult is strong out there. They say 
their religion is the same as Christianity. Is it 
or isn't it? Well, it's not. The Peyote people 
worship the eagle and eat a drug from the 
cactus which causes them to have visions and 
dreams and regurgitate. So the Navajo 
Christian has to deal with the problems 
involved with pagan religions. 

The traditional religion of the Navajo has a 
lot of claims on them. It pervades all of their 
life. How completely should a person break 
with the traditional songs and ceremonies? 
Should the Christian replace the traditional 
ceremony that is done when the baby gives its 
first laugh, about two or three months old? 
At this ceremony the medicine man comes in 
and he does some things and they all take a 
little salt and throw it and give a blessing. 
Should we replace that with a Christian cere- 
mony, maybe a baby dedication? Or maybe 
we shouldn't say that it replaces it, or what 
should we say? 

There is also a house blessing when a 
■person builds a new house. The medicine 
man comes in and gives a blessing on the 
house. Should we do that? Should we have a 
Christian house blessing? And what about 
"rights of passage"? When a young person 
reaches adolesence, should we have a 
Christian "rights of passage" where we take 
the young man or young lady and do some- 
thing special for them? 
Are these things that you are considering or 


do you have a stand on them? 

We are still talking about them. We haven't 
really entered into a large discussion with the 
people on these matters. We want to take it 
very slowly, I'm sort of new out there and I 
don't want to make a mistake the first time 
around. I'd rather have the people bring it 
up and discuss it among themselves. We have 
enough Navajo Christians that they can really 
discuss it. 

Marriage is another issue in the Navajo 
church. The Navajo way is to have trial 
marriages. The young lady goes off and lives 
iwith the young man with the consent of the 
parents! If it doesn't work out, maybe they 
even have a child, then they will split up. 
Obviously, that is not what the Christian 
should do, but it's hard for them to get away 
from that. There is no place to date out 
there, unless they go to our tent meeting. 
The Navajo way is to just hit it off and see if 
it works. We are trying to consider what we 
can offer as an alternative. 

Do they consider themselves church 
members? Do they have any idea whether 
they are Brethren or Baptist or whatever? 

There are Baptists working there. The 
Navajos know what Baptists are, but only 
from Navajo Baptists. They know what 
Brethren are because we have the Mission. 
They know us by individuals and not so much 
by doctrinal stands. Their concept of a 
church is a little foggy, because it's a family 
group to them. If the Mission has it, it's the 
Mission church and the missionaries can do 
everything themselves. We're trying to get 
away from that. The concept of a church, 
as we know it, really hasn't developed among 
the Navajo people yet. 

Is there a lot of pressure for you and your 
family with the contact that you have with 
the Navajos? 

It makes for some problems. If I take my 
children to the church services, the kids don't 
get anything out of it. It's all in Navajo. That 
really makes it hard for my family. My wife 
can handle it, she knows Navajo, but it's 
really not the same. We like the kind of 
services we find at our home church, the 
Community Grace Brethren Church in Warsaw, 
Indiana. It's good to be back in the services 
and hear the pastor. 

What do you hope to do during your 

One of the main things is for my family to 
recuperate from the cross-cultural trauma. 
It's been sort of a cultural shock to us in some 

Brethren Navajo Mission 
staff attending SONRISE '81 


Nineteen representatives fronn the Brethren Navajo 
Mission attended SONRISE '81, an interAmerican 
congress of Indian leaders held at Norman, Oklahoma, 
May 26-30. 

Rev. and Mrs. Nelson Betoney, Rev. and Mrs. 
Tully Butler and their son Daron, Mr. Wilkerson Sage, 
and Mr. Roy Sam joined hundreds of delegates who 
discussed the struggle of Indian churches to achieve 
self-leadership and to help their communities in all 
aspects of life. The Indian delegates considered such 
subjects as transition to the indigenous church, Indian 
churches in urban situations, and the alcoholic syn- 

Some 60 different tribes were represented at SON- 
RISE, including Quechuas from Bolivia, Ecuador and 
Peru, Kekchi and Cakchiquel from Guatemala, Rama 
and Misquito from Nicaragua, Terena from Brazil, 
Eskimo and Aleut from Alaska, and scores of tribes 
from Canada and the United States. 

The congress terminated with a massive rally at- 
tended by hundreds of Oklahoma Indians. Oklahoma 
Governor George Nigh was honored with the confer- 
ring of an Indian name, as was Mr. Peter MacDonald, 
chairman of the Navajo Nation, Dr. Stanley Mooney- 
ham, president of World Vision International, and Dr. 
Theodore Epp, founder of the Back to the Bible 
Broadcast. ■ 

ways. It's very isolated at the mission. The 
trading post is there, but besides that there 
isn't anyone for miles around. We really miss 
friends and relatives and so forth. We would 
like our children to get to know their grand- 
fathers. Both my father and my wife's father 
are preachers and I'd like our boys to be 
preachers. I want them to take an example 
from their grandfathers and from their dad. 

Phil, thanks for sharing with us and we will be 
praying for you during these next few months 
of furlough. ■ 

to the 

by Dr. Lester E. Pifer 

Executive Secretary 

The late Dr. D. Martyn Lloyd-Jones stated in his great 
book, Preaching and Preachers: ". . . the work of preaching 
is the highest and the greatest and the most glorious calling 
to which anyone can ever be called." He went on to say: 
"... I would say without any hesitation that the most 
urgent need in the Christian church today is true preaching; 
and as it is the greatest and the most urgent need in the 
church, it is obviously the greatest need of the world also." 

The Apostle Paul expressed the deep inward beckoning 
call of God in his heart to the young disciple Timothy. "Ac- 
cording to the glorious gospel of the blessed God, which 
was committed to my trust" (1 Tim. 1:11). So strong was 
this commitment that he said to the Corinthians, "For 
though I preach the gospel, I have nothing to glory of; for 
necessity is laid upon me; yea, woe is unto me, if I preach 
not the gospel!" (1 Cor. 9:16). 

It was the Lord Jesus Christ who opened the eyes of the 
Apostle Paul to the needs of the world for the gospel and 
literally thrust him into the ministry (1 Tim. 1:12). It was 
quite apparent that the Holy Spirit laid the urgency and 
appreciation for the gospel ministry upon his heart as he 
wrote to the Romans: "How then shall they call on him 
in whom they have not believed? and how shall they 
believe in him of whom they have not heard? and how 
shall they hear without a preacher? and how shall they 
preach, except they be sent?" Isaiah, the prophet of God. 
said: "How beautiful upon the mountains are the feet of 
him that bringeth good tidings, that publisheth peace; that 
bringeth good tidings of good, that publisheth salvation; 
that saith unto Zion, thy God reigneth!" (Isa. 52:7). 

We have abundant evidence that God has a unique place 
and calling for the one who shall herald the good tidings 
of the Gospel. The preaching of the Gospel is foolishness to 
those who are perishing, but to the saved it is the power of 
God (1 Cor. 1:18). ". . . it pleased God by the foolishness 
of preaching to save them that believe (1 Cor. 1 :2'V). 

For 42 years. The Brethren Home Missions Council has 
been preaching and teaching the Gospel. In 1939 our 
founding fathers set forth their objective: "To provide 
Biblical teaching, and do evangelistic work in communities 
which have accepted or may accept the Brethren faith; to 
establish, maintain or assist churches of the Brethren faith 

in acceptable communities within the United States of 
America, and Canada; to encourage evangelization of Jews 
in the U.S.A.; and to discover, assist and generally encour- 
age young men and women in the dedication of their lives 
to definite Christian service. For 42 years the Council and 
its corps of faithful preachers have faithfully preached the 
Gospel, stood for the Grace Brethren distinctives and 
carried out the objective of serving Christ in the building of 
His Church. Almost three-fourths of the churches of the 
FGBC have benefited by this ministry. 

Our first executive secretary, R. Paul Miller, preached 
back and forth across this nation in revival after revival 
while trying to plant churches. He left a brilliant trail of 
blood-bought new converts and a host of young men chal- 
lenged to preach the Gospel. 

Our second executive secretary, L. L. Grubb, picked up 
the reins and drove the team to greater heights as the organ- 
ization expanded and new facets were added. Building 
Bible-believing churches became a science and need arose 
for more and more qualified preachers. This writer and a 
large number of men of that vintage were challenged to 
build strong soul-winning, missionary-minded Brethren 

During the present executive leadership, the program 
has been strengthened, enlarged, and made more effective 
in getting new churches on the growth rate to self-support. 
More states have been added, new territories pioneered, and 
larger aggressive churches have resulted. Bible-teaching, 
soul-winning and missionary-mindedness became essentials 
in every church planted. New vision, new leadership con- 
cepts and better-trained personnel were employed. Many 
former home mission churches are the leaders in church 
planting and missionary activity in the FGBC today. 
Brethren Home Missions churches have continued to plant 
Grace Brethren churches, and send the Gospel through 
dedicated lives to the mission fields at home and abroad. 

Your writer, like those before his tenure, has seen young 
people from all walks of life yield themselves to the call of 
God. I well remember the day I spoke at the dedication of 
the first new building of the home missions church at River- 
side in Johnstown, Pennsylvania. Sitting in my audience 
was a deacon from Palmyra, Pennsylvania, by the name of 
Rollin Sandy. My message was a challenge to commitment 
of life to Christ for His service. Rollin came, heard and 
made a life-changing decision to prepare for the Gospel 
ministry. Two months ago, Rollin went home to be with his 
Lord, having served in the pastoral ministry so faithfully. 
He has left a trail of servants that have been nurtured into 
the ministry around the world. His faithfulness to the 
mission of the Gospel has been an excellent example for us 
to follow. 

So the ministry of Brethren Home Missions, its churches, 
its missions, its proclamation of the sacred truths of the 
Word of God and its fervent passion for souls lives on. Its 
responsibility gets heavier year by year as we face the needs 
of a decadent world. Its ability needs the empowering of 
the Spirit. Its leadership needs the wisdom of God. Its 
personnel needs the prayer support of Brethren people 
everywhere. Its time is growing shorter and shorter as 
Christ's appearance nears. It is a ministry of the Gospel for 
the salvation of the lost, for the discipleship of the newborn, 
and for building of a fellowship which we call the Grace 
Brethren Church. ■ f 

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Since the introduction of 
the Council's "A Bountiful 
Harvest'VChurch Planting 
Campaign, the Brethren Home 
Missions Council has seen 
God abundantly bless. What 
was pure faith in 1979 is now 
becoming a reality. 

The goal of 52 new Grace 
Brethren Churches by 1984 is 
now close to 35 percent 
accomplished. Since "A 
Bountiful Harvest" was in- 
troduced in 1979, 18 new 
Home Missions points have 
been adopted! Orange City, 
Florida, our newest Home 
Missions point, joined the list 
of pioneers in June of 1981 ! 

Creating a long list of 
points would be of no signifi- 
cance—unless those churches 
were productive. 

Four of the new points: 
Ephrata, Pennsylvania; Port 
Richey, Florida; Riverside 
and Torrance, California, 
are already ministering to 

Riverside, California 

congregations of over one 
hundred! Island Pond, Ver- 
mont, averages in the sixties 
and moved into a newly 
constructed sanctuary last 
winter. Several other 
churches, like Charlotte, 
North Carolina; Newark, 
Delaware; Cincinnati, Ohio; 
and Melbourne, Florida, have 
become very solid works and 
are progressing rapidly. 

But adopting new churches 
is only the beginning. The 
Council's goal is to work with 
those churches and help them 
reach a self-supporting status 
in five years or less. 

When we think about 
"First Fruits," we think 
about the 18 Home Mission 
churches that have become 
self-supporting since the fall 
of 1979! Many of these 
churches have broken records 
and goals continually. 

The Anchorage, Alaska, 
Grace Brethren Church 
became self-supporting just 
after their third anniversary. 
Growth at Anchorage has 
been phenomenal and the 
church is attracting over 250 
people for Sunday morning 

The Victory Mountain 

Grace Brethren Chapel in 
Dryhill, Kentucky, became 
self-supporting after asking 
the Council to systematically 
withdraw support. Their 
faithful venture is being 
rewarded as monthly financial 
needs are met. 

The Ephrata Area Grace 
Brethren Church in Pennsyl- 
vania holds the record for 
rapidly growing into a self- 
supporting situation. They 
achieved this status in less 
than four months and are 
now approaching their first 
anniversary with close to 250 
people attending regularly. 

The Orlando, Florida, 
Grace Brethren Church joined 
the self-supporting "First 
Fruits" and at the same time 
planted branch churches at 
Melbourne, Lakeland, and 
most recently. Orange City. 

More fruit is soon to come! 

Joining Ormond Beach, 
Florida, and Southwest 
Columbus, Ohio, as 1981 
self-supporting churches may 
soon be: Chambersburg, 
Pennsylvania; Alta Loma and 
West Covina, California. The 
list will continue to grow as 
several Home Mission 
churches are planning on 
early 1982 self-supporting 

New Bible classes and 
churches are developing 
quickly and are potential 
Home Mission points. The 
Council is currently watching 
16 such points and is praying 
for even more! 

"First Fruits" is how God 
has been blessing the Grace 
Brethren Fellowship, and it 
also represents answers to 
your prayers. Your team 
involvement, through praying, 
giving, and personal involve- 
ment, is producing a bountiful 
harvest in the work of 
Brethren Home Missions. 
Thanks for your help! ■ 

From the Fellowship of Grace Brethren Churches 

D THANK YOU. "So many have touched our lives 
and blessed our hearts during our recent weeks of ill- 
ness. It is impossible to contact each one personally. 
We do want to convey to you our deep appreciation 
and thanks for the many thoughtful acts of kindness 
in this testing, in sending such meaningful cards and 
notes, your constant prayers, flowers and your per- 
sonal concern. God has a purpose and we are abiding 
in His will. It is thrilling to see answers to the vol- 
umes of prayer in our behalf. May the Lord bless 
you all and thank you so much."— Pasfor Ken and 
Harrietts Ashman, Woo star, Ohio 

n Dr. David Hocking, pastor of the Grace Brethren 
Church, Long Beach, Calif., has completed a 5-film 
seminar on "Love and Marriage." The viewer comes 
away with a firm grasp on how God's answers from 
the Bible make a marriage work. Dr. Tim LaHaye 
states: "I am impressed with the Biblical foundation 
of this series." The film titles are: "Why We Must 
Communicate"; "Who's Your Best Friend?" "Mar- 
riage and Money," "What the Bible Says About Sex," 
and "How To Control Your Desires." Each film is 40 
minutes in length, and rental for the series is $240, 
plus shipping and damage fees. Full-color posters and 
bulletin inserts are available, along with newspaper 
ads and news releases. You can reserve this outstand- 
ing film series for your church by phoning the Mis- 
sionary Herald toll-free, 1-800-348-2756 (all states 
except Indiana, Alaska, and Hawaii), or writing to the 
Herald Co., P. 0. Box 544, Winona Lake, Ind. 46590. 

DOn July 30, during national conference at Winona 
Lake, Indiana, a reception was held in honor of the 
50th wedding anniversary of Rev. and Mrs. Edward 
Lewis of Margate, Fla. Although their anniversary 
date was actually Aug. 5, the event was planned for 
conference week at the Winona Lake Grace Brethren 
Church in order that their many friends from across 
the United States could attend the happy occasion. 

DThe Grace Brethren Church, Findlay, Ohio, held a 
missionary conference recently with the following 
speakers: Pastors Marion Thomas and Thomas Goos- 
sens, along with Mr. and Mrs. Dan Pettman, newly 
appointed missionaries to North Brazil. Several other 
pastors of the area also participated. 

The Findlay church is experiencing many blessings 
with several new families attending, increased offer- 
ings, and enthusiasm among the people. Pastor Goos- 
sens and Charles Frost are elders of the church. Pastor 
Thomas preaches on the Findlay Grace Radio Broad- 
cast each Sunday at 9 a.m. on the theme of missions 
and evangelism. 

People passing through the Findlay area are invited 
to attend the services. 

n J. Ward Tressler, pastor of the Indian Heights 
Grace Brethren Church of Kokomo, Ind., resigned on 
May 10. 

D John L. Diaz has resigned as pastor of the Okee- 
chobee, Fla., Grace Brethren Church to accept orders 
to extended active duty as a chaplain in the U.S. 
Navy. Chaplain Diaz's first duty assignment is with 
the 1st Marine Division at Camp Pendleton, Calif. 

DA wonderful three-day Evangelism Conference 
was conducted by Rev. Robert Poirier of the First 
Brethren Church of Dayton, Ohio. This conference 
was held in the Grace Brethren Community Church, 
West Alexandria, Ohio. As a result of his challenging 
messages, during the last service all of the people in 
attendance publicly expressed their desire to do 
their best in witnessing— seeking the lost and en- 
deavoring to lead them to Christ. Percy Miller, pastor. 

DDr. S. Bruce Narramore has been selected as 
dean of the new school of psychology at Biola Col- 
lege, Inc., effective Sept 1, when the college's 
graduate and undergraduate programs of psychology 
will join, forming a single school of psychology. This 
merger will include Rosemead Graduate School of 
Professional Psychology, the Master of Arts program 
in Marriage, Family and Child Counseling and the 
Bachelor of Arts program. 

Dr. Narramore is a licensed psychologist and mar- 
riage, family and child counselor in the state of Cali- 
fornia, and has had extensive experience as a faculty 
member, scholar and academic administrator. 


Hearty congratulations to, and may God's blessings rest 
always upon, these new familltes who join the Brethren Mis- 
sionary Herald readership. A six-month free subscription to 
the Herald is given to newlyweds whose addresses are sup- 
plied by the officiating minister. 

Lorri Jo DeZwaan and Douglas A. Parry, Jan. 3, Grace Breth- 
ren Church, Mt. Laurel, N.J. 

Lori Hedrick and Levi Peirson, April 4, Grace Brethren 
Church, Whittier, Calif. Dr. J. Keith Altig, grandfather of the 
bride, participated in the ceremony. 

Lynne Perpente and Philip Nesbitt, April 4, Grace Brethren 
Church, Mt. Laurel, N.J. 

Brenda Unger and Robert Shaub, April 11, Ellet Grace Breth- 
ren Church, Akron, Ohio. 

Penny Carroll and Craig Conley, May 2, Ellet Grace Brethren 
Church, Akron, Ohio. 

Helen Sue Wood and John Walter Bitzer, May 2, Grace Breth- 
ren Church, Mt. Laurel, N.J. 

Linda McKinzie and Daniel Turner, May 16, West Homer 
Brethren Church, Homerville, Ohio. 

Rachel Bracker and Dan Jackson, June 6, Grace Brethren 
Church, Osceola, Ind. 

Diane Sheeler and Steve LaRue, June 6, Meyersdale Grace 
Brethren Church, Meyersdale, Pa. 

Janet Catlin and Robert Stambaugh, June 6, Grace Brethren 
Church, Columbus, Ohio. 

Rebecca Sater and Barry Wertz, July 25, Grace Brethren 
Church, Osceola, Ind. 

CIATION to the many people who have sent gifts to 
the Indiana District IVIissions worl< in memory of A. 
Rollin Sandy, pastor, Sidney Grace Brethren Church, 
Sidney, Indiana. The family also wishes to express its 
thanks for the many expressions of sympathy in send- 
ing flowers, cards, gifts and food, and a special thanks 
to the Sidney people for providing for us during our 
time of bereavement.— r/7e Sandy Family 

n Rev. Jack Peters, Jr., has accepted a call to pastor 
the Vandalia Grace Brethren Church, Vandalia, Ohio. 

ciian^e ycui annual 

The new phone number for J. Donald Byers, Jr., is 
714/558-8144. • LTJG John L. Diaz, CHC, USNR, 
Office of the Chaplain, 1st Force Service Support 
Group (-), FIVIF, Camp Pendleton, Calif. 92055. •All 
correspondence for the Grace Brethren Church of 
Kansas City, Mo., should be sent to Leroy Mun- 
holland, 1019 N.E. Maple Dr., Kansas City, Mo. 
64118. 'Grace Brethren Church of Troutdale, Oreg., 
1417 N.E. ParapoCt., Gresham, Oreg. 97030. 'Clear- 
brook Grace Brethren Church, Route 5, Box 357, 
Roanoke, Va. 24014. 


Death notices must be submitted in writing by the pastor. 

BOWSER, Warren, 84, April 15, member of the West Kittan- 

ning Grace Brethren Church, Kittanning, Pa., since 1945. 

Richard Cornwell, pastor. 

COLEMAN, Frank, 49, April 10, long-time member and a 

key figure in the North Long Beach Brethren Church, Long 

Beach, Calif. David Miller, pastor. 

DIVELY, Freida, 71, April 24, faithful member of the 

Leamersville Grace Brethren Church, Duncansville, Pa. John 

Gregory, pastor. 

MISTRETTA, Tom, 37, March 9. He vuas a member of the 
Bellflower Brethren Church, BelKlower, Calif. Edwin Cash- 
man, pastor. 

NONEMAKER, Martha, 85, Feb. 18, Grace Brethren Church, 
Everett, Pa. She was a faithful member of the church for 
many years. Homer Lingenfelter, pastor. 
SANDY, A. Rollin, 60, June 1, pastor of the Sidney Grace 
Brethren Church, Sidney, Ind. for 23y2 years. Those par- 
ticipating in the Memorial/Praise service included the fol- 
lowing Indiana District ministers: Rev. Gordon Bracker, 
Osceola, presiding; tributes were given by Herman Hoyt, 
Scott Weaver, and Earl Futch. Frank Poland also paid tribute 
on behalf of the district mission board of which Pastor Sandy 
served as chairman. Rev. Galen Lingenfelter delivered a 
gospel message. Sons, Brent and Dean, sang "Over the Sunset 

SMITH, Elmer, charter member of the Meyersdale Grace 
Brethren Church, Meyersdale, Pa. Ray Davis, pastor. 
STATON, Mrs. Love (Effie), March 24, First Brethren 
Church, Buena Vista, Va. Lester Kennedy, pastor. 
THOMAS, Pearl, charter member of the Meyersdale Grace 
Brethren Church, Meyersdale, Pa. Ray Davis, pastor. 
TRUJILLO, Lee, April 16. He was a retired Navajo pastor 
and served with our Brethren Navajo Mission for many years. 
Rev. Evan Edams, former superintendent of the Mission, had 
the memorial service on Easter Monday. 
WOLFORD, Mrs. Laura L., 75, March 26. She was a member 
of the Grace Brethren Church of Danville, Ohio. Arthur 
Collins, pastor. 

YOUNG, Robert, Feb. 2, Grace Brethren Church, Long 
Beach, Calif. Dave Hocking, pastor. 

Soul'Winnifij/E^njeligM Semiiwn 

The Brethren Board of Evangelism 

proudly announces a new program of 

Mini-Seminars featuring 


Rev. Ron Picard pastors the Community Grace 
Brethren Church of Union, Ohio, and formerly served 
in an itinerant seminar ministry with the Brethren 
Home Missions Council. 

Seminars may be scheduled Sunday night through 
Tuesday night, or Thursday night through Saturday 

For details, write: 

Dr. Bob CollJtt, Executive Director 
Board of Evangelism 
1511 Maiden Lane, S.W. 
Roanoke, V A 24015 

Joyce Griffith, left, WMC past president, 
greets Rachel Kaibo, OTN (WMC) president, 
on a 1977 trip to the Central African 

From Fifth Wife 
to WMC President 

Miss Estella Myers 

by Rachel Kaibo 

\NMC President, Nzoro 

This is me, Rachel Kaibo, 
tall<ing to you. Let me tell 
you my testimony. 

I was born about 1940 in 
the little village of Hanzoung 
about 25 kilometers from 
Nzoro. My first recollections 
are having lots of brothers and 
sisters and many mothers to 
tell me what to do. You see, 
my father was a poiygamist, 
having three wives. Each wife 
had her own house where she 
lived with her children. My 
mother was the second wife, 
and there were three of us 
children— myself and my two 


We worked hard in the 
gardens to get enough food to 
live on— all my father's chil- 
dren numbered 1 5, so it took 
a lot of food to feed all of us. 

My father worked in the 
gardens, too, but his favorite 
pastime was playing his 
Karangba (African version of 
the xylophone). He was very 
good at it and earned the title 
"Chief Xylophonist." There 
were rViany days of dancing 
and drinking and participating 
in all the sin that goes along 
with it. 

I was 1 1 years old when an 
exciting event took place. A 

white lady came to Hanoung 
and told the story of Christ. 
We gathered under a tree to 
listen and learn how Christ 
died for us-the just for the 
unjust. This was the first time 
I'd ever heard the Gospel, but 
my heart was touched and I 
accepted Christ as my Saviour. 
I told Miss Myers (for that was 
the missionary's name), "I'm 
Rachel, I accept Christ, and I 
want to follow Him." I meant 
it, too, but there were to be 
many pitfalls before I com- 
pletely turned my life over to 

At first there was no church, 
but later on when one was 

built at Zole, three kilometers 
away, I attended there. My 
mother made a profession of 
Christ at this time, too, but 
she did not become a born- 
again Christian. She just 
believed for nothing, as we say 
in Africa. Her life was not 
changed and she was a hin- 
drance to me in my Christian 
life. My father made a 
profession of Christ as he was 

When I was about 14 years 
old a soldier saw me and 
wanted me for his wife. I did 
not want to marry him— he 
was very mean and already 
had four wives. But my father 
agreed to the marriage. The 
dowry money that he would 
get looked good to him. 

He came to get me, and I 
fought but was overpowered. 
He tied me up with a rope and 
put me in prison at Kounang 
where I was helpless to his 
advances. Later on I became 
pregnant and stayed with him 
to have someone to provide 
for me. I would not have been 
welcomed at home if I could 
have gotten away. 

Our next move was to Fala 
in the Cameroon, and it was 
there that I learned to read. I 
had never gone to school but 
had a real desire to learn to 
read God's Word. Andre, a 
former nurse from Nzoro 
came to Fala and was teaching 
thechildren toread. I pestered 
him every chance I got to 
teach me to read. So there 
among the cooking pots 
around the fire I learned to 
read. I attended church in the 
Cameroon and entered 
converts class. 

I was baptized at the Swedish 
Mission at Bouar. My husband 
was sent there, so the children 
and I went along with him. 
Actually my getting baptized 

was a mistake, but I'm sure 
the Lord wanted it. He knew 
I desired to follow Him. 

You see, here in African 
churches only the first wife 
can be baptized, and the 
others cannot unless they 
renounce their marriages. 
Since neither my husband nor 
the other wives went to 
church, they thought I was the 
first wife. When they found 
out I wasn't, they took my 
church card away from me. I 
was heartbroken, but it 
spurred me on to action. I 
had taken all the beatings I 
could stand, so I ran away 
back to my home in Panaland. 
I took my youngest son who 
was just a baby with me and 
left the other two children 
with my husband. (I had 
borne five children, but two 
had died as babies.) 

Back home I went to live 
with my brother at Bogang IV. 
There I entered into the life of 
the church and got an interest 
in WMC and started to attend 
regularly. The Lord was 
working in my heart, but I was 
rebelling, too. I wanted to get 
married again. You see, a 
woman's place is with a 
husband, and I wanted more 
children to nourish and take 
care of. Who will take care of 
you when you are old if you 
don't have children to do it? 
Or maybe it isn't that way in 

A man who had one wife 
wanted to take me as his 
second one, and I wanted to 
marry him. The pastors 
warned me from God's Word. 
"Do you want to get back into 
the same life as you left?" I 
knew they were right so I 
agreed, but on the inside my 
heart became hard and re- 
bellious. Foolish me. 1 had 
not yet learned to trust Christ 

completely. But eight years 
without a husband was a long 
time, especially for an African 

About this time a workman 
named Andre Mbaiie came to 
Bogang IV to build a dispensary 
building. His wife had just died 
leaving him five small children. 
He saw me and wanted to take 
me as his wife. 1 saw he was a 
Christian and a good man, and 
1 wanted to marry him. This 
time the pastors agreed and 
were very happy for the de- 
cision. We were married and 
for the first time I knew true 
married happiness. Andre has 
never beaten me and is always 
good in providing the things I 

I began attending WMC here 
at Nzoro and was soon put in 
as assistant WMC president. 
After two years, Alice 
Kondounga, the president, 
died and they asked me to 
become the president. That 
was six years ago. In addition 
to everything else, the Lord 
has given Andre and me three 
children. One died, but the 
two others are still living. 
Two-year-old Esther is the 
younger, and she is a real joy 
to us. 

I like to cook and make 
make/as (African doughnuts) 
for the big market on Tuesday. 
People think mine are the best 
around, and they are always 
gone long before anyone 

Truly I am a trophy of 
God's grace, and 1 can't thank 
the Lord enough for all His 
goodness to me. My 
testimony is from Proverbs 
3:5-6: "Trust in the Lord with 
all thine heart; and lean not 
unto thine own understanding. 
In all thy ways acknowledge 
him, and he shall direct thy 
paths." ■ 

a Womatt 

by John W. Zielasko 

Brazil and Argentina were my 
destinations in May 1981 for an 
administrative visit to our mission 
points. Grace Brethren Foreign 
IVlissions has, what I believe to be, 
an important and valuable policy— a 
policy that makes it effective in the 
area of proper administration. 
Administrative trips to the mission 
field include not only the general 
director, but also an appointed 
board member. This brings a more 
objective evaluation of the work, a 
further ministry to missionary 
personnel, and a greater familiarity 

Above: Luig Otovio is the 

song leader of the National 

Youth Group. 





The Fish Market at Capanema. 


of the field by board members who 
are entrusted with the oversight of 
the missionary enterprise. (How 
encouraging it would He if someone 
blessed with sufficient funds would 
underwrite this important adminis- 
trative function!) 

On this occasion. Dr. Peter 
Peponis and his wife joined my wife 
and me in Miami, Florida, to catch 
the overnight flight to Belem, 
(wives travel at personal expense, in 
case anyone is wondering). This 
was the first time my wife had been 
back to Brazil since we left as 

missionaries 16 years before. Weal 

were eagerly anticipating our 


When we met at the airport in 
Miami, it was hard to believe that 
we were finally on our way. So 
many problems had arisen in 
preparation for the trip. Even I, a • 
seasoned traveler, was chagrined by 
these problems. Here are a few: 

1 ) My passport (still good for 
another 5 months and 20 days) wai 
not acceptable to the Brazilian 
government. Passports must be 
valid for 6 months from date of 


representative into the Brazilian 
consulate in Chicago with just 10 
minutes to spare (the office closes 
at 1 p.m.). 

5) Argentine visas were not 
issued until we arrived in Brazilia; 
then, I had to spend another day 
traveling between the American 
Embassy and the Argentine Con- 
sulate to get a visa that takes about 

Left: Lay pastor of the 
congregation at Ague Boa, 

Below: Special music at the 
Youth Rally held in Icoaraci, 


2) My wife was issued (for some 
inexplicable reason) a passport 
valid for only three months— again 
unacceptable to Brazil, thus, 
requiring a whole day longer to get 
this corrected. 

3) Both Argentina and Brazil 
had recently made visas obligatory 
for tourists, but this is only for 
Americans— Canadians and others 
still do not need visas to enter 
Brazil or Argentina. 

4) With passports finally in 
hand, our travel agency got a 

ten seconds to stamp and sign, and 
guess what? All the information 
that was given to me in the U.S. as 
to how to obtain a visa was wrong. 

You see, this is a game where 
people make up the rules as you go 
along, but you better play the game 
with grace. Patience, humility, and 
a sense of humor are valuable assets 
as you encounter government 

But I must admit that as I tore 
through the red tape, most of my 
bruises were self-inflicted. In 
today's world, one should not 

assume that all is in order— past 
experiences are helpful, but not 
always correct. For those of you 
planning to travel overseas, be sure 
to start with plenty of time to 
spare. You could get caught, as we 
did, in political shenanigans. 

Government red tape was the 
only fly in the ointment on this 
trip, though. As far as the mission 
program and the national churches 
are concerned, this was the most 
encouraging trip to South America 
that I have taken in many years. 
Let me give you an update. 

North Brazil— The national 
church is healthy and is growing 
stronger. A young man studying 
for the ministry with Missionary 
George Johnson told me that in his 
opinion, the Grace Brethren Church 
has the greatest potential for 
growth of any that he knows about 
in the Belem area. Attendance at a 
youth conference on Saturday 
night confirmed that evaluation. 
What a thrill to see the enthusiasm 
and dedication of the young adults! 
The Icoaraci church was packed out 
for this rally. 

The strategy for North Brazil 
(churches situated in strategic 
locations, the creation of a fellow- 
ship of churches, and the training 
of an educated ministry) is begin- 
ning to create a momentum that 
should result in solid church growth 
and expansion. In order to 
expedite this goal, the Brazilian 
conference has requested the 
mission to assist them, as it has the 
church in Africa, to have one of 
their men trained at Grace 
Seminary. Toward that end, a 
recent university graduate, son of 
the pastor at Macapa, was ap- 
pointed by the Brazil National Con- 
ference to be one who will attend 
Grace Seminary this fall. (We are in 
need of funds to support this man 
and his wife.) 

Uberlandia— The mission team in 
South Brazil (Tim and Sandy 
Farner, Norm and Cleo Johnson, 
and Barbara Hulse) has persevered 
in the goal to plant a church in this 
expanding, prosperous city. The 
believers are renting a school for 
Sunday services, and Bible studies 
continue in various parts of the 
city. The Sunday we were there, 
40 participated in the Sunday 
school and.70 in the evening service. 
Sunday evening, for some reason. 

is always the better attended service 
in Brazilian churches. 

A political problem is hindering 
the progress of missionary work in 
Brazil. The "law of the foreigner" 
denies permanent visas to mission- 
aries and others. This law is 
presently under debate in the 
Brazilian congress, and we are 
praying that it will soon be repealed, 
thus permitting missionaries to 
enter and work freely again. 

The Society is having difficulty 
in obtaining the proper documents 
for the Pettmans and the Greens, 
appointees to Brazil. Their mission- 
ary service may be delayed due to 
this unfortunate law. Pray with us 

Pastor Salomon Luque, 

a member of the 

executive body of the 

Argentine Brethren 


Right: The women's 

Bible study in 

Uberlandia, Brazil, 

meets every week. 

that the government will soon 
recognize the difference between 
those missionaries providing a 
spiritual ministry and those who are 
bent on fomenting revolution. 

Argentina— Only two Grace 
Brethren missionary teams are 
working in Argentina. Solon and 
Lynn Hoyt have joined in a father/ 
son team in Rosario, the third 
largest city in Argentina, to plant 
the church in the midst of huge 
apartment complexes. This, along 
with their ministry to other 
Brethren churches in the district, 
shows encouraging promise and 
gives continuity to the work when 
one missionary must be away on 
other duties. 

Ralph Robinson and Earl Futch 
are working closely with the 
churches in Don Bosco and Marmol 
and are conducting Bible classes in 
at least two promising neighbor- 
hoods. The church in Marmol, long 
barely breathing, has, under the 
leadership of Ralph Robinson, 
revived and is now a healthy, grow- 
ing influence in the community. All 
pews were filled the Sunday night 
we attended. 

Alice Peacock finished language 
school and is just beginning her 
ministry, while Peter Peer has taken 
an extended furlough to do graduate 
study at Grace Seminary. When the 
full complement of missionary 
personnel is back on the job, we 
expect to see much growth in this 
new day in Argentina as we join 
hands with the Argentine Brethren 

Church to evangelize and plant the 

The Consejo (national church 
leaders) was meeting in Rio Quarto 
the week we were in Argentina. We 
felt it was important to meet with 
them, so we traveled from Buenos 
Aires to Rio Quarto. They gave Dr. 
Peponis and me the two-hour 
morning session to share with them 
important considerations in the 
planting and development of the 
church. The fact that the church in 
Columbus, Ohio (where the 
Peponlses are active leaders), has 
grown from 12 to over 2,000 in a 
15-year period, made quite an 
impression and thus made them 
more receptive to our observations. 

The Brethren Church in 
Argentina has good progressive 
leadership, and we were pleased 
that we had the opportunity to 
meet with them. 

Exciting things are happening in 
South America, and more will 
occur in this decade! 

One last note: The missionary 
residence siiould be nearing com- 
pletion and about ready for 
occupancy by the time this issue is 
mailed. Thus far, Grace Brethren 
Foreign Missions has not had to 
borrow funds with high interest 
rates in order to go ahead with 
construction. At this writing, 
about $33,000 is needed to com- 
plete the project. 

Thank you for your contribu- 
tions to help us dedicate that build- 
ing debt free. ■ 

IVIiriam Churchill: 

Her Family's Tribute 

by the Churchill Family 

She is home! On March 26, 1981, a very special 
lady went home where she was met by her loving 
Lord. Her name was IVIiriam Churchill. 

Home was always a very special place for Miriam. 
She was born the second daughter of her missionary 
parents, Clarence and Loree Sickel. Along with her 
sister, Loraine, she grew up in the land of Argentina, 
embracing its colorful life and customs and loving its 
people. Her mother recalls a time when the family 
was due to return to the United States for furlough, 
and Miriam and Loraine wanted to stay in Argentina 
because they felt it was their home. 

Miriam completed her schooling at Westmont 
College in California. It was there that she met Jack 
Churchill who was to become her husband. Together 
they went to Argentina in 1949 to make their home 
and serve the Lord as missionaries. 

The Lord blessed their home with six children, one 
of whom passed away soon after birth. The surviving 
children— Ken, Charles, Margaret, Sharon, and David- 
grew up loving the mission field and its people as 
their parents did. 

In 1966, the Churchills moved their home to the 
mission field of Mexico, along the Tijuana border. 
Along with helping her husband in the missionary 
work and fulfilling her duties at home as a mother 
and homemaker, Miriam also worked at a local school 
district. Her concern for the salvation of her co- 
workers was evident in her love and genuine interest 
In each one of them. She continued to maintain a 
strong testimony to these people even after her illness 
prevented her from continuing her work. 

Amidst her many activities and duties, home was 
her favorite place and that is where she excelled. We, 
as her family, hold many precious memories of her 
and home. As her children, we recognize the tre- 
mendous impact she had on our lives, and so we 
"rise and bless her" (Prov. 31:28). 

We remember . . . 

. . . her bright smile. 

... her ability to see the best and make the 
most out of everything. 

. . . that she was our schoolteacher as we studied 
through a correspondence course in Argentina. 

. . . her training us in the basic chores and respon- 
sibilities of a home. 

. . . that she never tired of our questions or bound- 
less energy. 

. . . our special family traditions on holidays which 
she continued even after we were grown— for the 
"little kid" in all of us. 

...our own Family Day which we celebrated 

. . . her homemade bread and rolls, canned fruits 
and vegetables from our own garden. 

. . . her gift of hospitality which opened our home 
to countless numbers of people. Even after her own 
children grew up and some left home, she "adopted" 
other children and welcomed them home. Among 
these were servicemen and young people from the 
local Brethren church who had no families of their 

These and many more memories linger in our 
minds. She truly defined the term "homemaker," for 
she made our house a home. 

She didn't stop at the physical duties of a home- 
maker, but took seriously the charge given her as a 
mother. She always felt that her children were her 
first mission field. And so it was that we were raised, 
trained, and discipled in our home by our parents. 
Their only desire for each of their children was for us 
to become the men and women that God intended us 
to be. 

And so our home was more than a place where our 
physical needs were met. It was a place where we 
learned to be responsible adults, standing strong in 
our convictions, meeting and fulfilling our respon- 
sibilities, and being committed to a loving Saviour 
and Lord. 

It was in our home that we learned about our 

(Continued on page 21) 

Rev. Richard Harrell 

It is one of tlie central doctrines 
in our beliefs that God is sovereign, 
that He knows the end from the 
beginning, and that everything 
works together for His purpose. It 
is also one of the central facts of 
our human existence that man 
frequently cannot figure out just 
what God is doing. From our view- 
point, there is just no way that 
certain things can possibly work 
together to the purpose of God. 

Why these comments? Let me 
explain why I am mulling over 
these thoughts. 

I met Michel when I went to the 
commencement ceremonies at the 
Bible Institute at Bata in November 

1978, just shortly after I had 
arrived in the Chad. He did not 
strike me as one of the rather 
impressive graduates that year, but 
his name was at the top of the list 
of academic credits. It read: 
Desmang Michel, Bessao, Chad. 
Michel shared that academic honor 
with two other students, but there 
were about 25 others who didn't 
share the honors. 

I next saw Michel when he 
returned to the Chad on the 
student hauling run made by 
Marvin Goodman in February 

1979. Michel, his wife, Monique, 
and their three children, arrived at 
Bessao without very much luggage. 
They had even less money! 

Michel was the new teacher in 
our Elementary Bible School. When 
school started he would be getting 
the startling salary of 6.000 cfs 
($30.00) a month for the nine 
months of the school year. The 

"All Things 
Work Together" 

by Richard Harrell 

other three months he and the 
other two teachers would have to 
fend for themselves. That was the 
way the Chadian pastors had 
decided it would be. I don't know 
how Michel made ends meet on his 
salary, but I never heard him 
complain about it. 

During that school year I was 
able to get to know Michel better. 
I came to appreciate his quick 
perception of the problems facing 
the school and the students. I was 
also impressed by his ability as a 
teacher. If his students did poorly, 
it really bothered him. And he 
tried to do something about what- 
ever might have caused the poor 
showing by the students. 

In March 1 980, we started a new 
school year. During the previous 
year Michel's confidence in his 
ability as a teacher had grown, and 
with good reason. The new year 
held great promise for us. We had a 
total of 13 students achieve their 
potential. And as the year passed I 
grew to appreciate Michel even 
more. No, he never did joke 
around very much. At least he did 
not start it. But then he was never 
opposed to having a good time. 
And he was dependable and pre- 
pared. Those are valuable assets in 
a colleague. 

Sometime during that school 
year of 1980, Michel and I sug- 
gested to the pastor of the Bessao 
church that we start an early Sun- 
day morning service in French. We 
had observed that there were some 
new people in town who did not 
speak the local language, Laka, well 
enough to benefit from the Sunday 

service. But these people could 
profit from a French service. The 
pastor readily agreed to our sug- 
gestion. The following Sunday 
Michel began to preside over these 
early morning services. It was his 
first pastorate. 

In September 1980, Monique 
gave birth to a baby boy— their 
fourth child. It was a happy time 
for all of us. But during the child's 
second week Michel told me that 
he feared that the child was sick, 
because he did not cry right. There 
were many visits to the dispensaries 
in our area. They could find 
nothing. But finally after a few 
weeks the baby died while at one of 
the dispensaries for a checkup. It 
was not the first child that Michel 
and Monique had lost. 

That was also the last year for 
the EBS. It was decided to close 
the school and open another Bible 
school on a higher level. The Lord 
provided us with a new teacher who 
had recently graduated from the 
School of Theology at Yaloke. He 
would be a real help to us in our 
new classes in French. And the 
Chad Schools Committee voted 
that Michel was to be the director 
of the new Preparatory Bible Insti- 
tute. I was excited for Michel and 
happy that the pastors had chosen 
him, for he was a man with whom I 
could work well. 

Michel had been having some 
digestive trouble during the school 
year. In the States, a man 30 years 
old with digestive trouble would bet 
a bit concerned, but here in the 
Chad we all assumed that Michel 
had picked up a parasite and that 

with proper medication the prob- 
lem would go away. Therefore, at 
the end of the school term in 
October 1980, I took Michel, 
Monlque, and the three children to 
the hospital so that the doctors 
could take care of the problem. 

The hospital was about 200 kilo- 
meters from Bessao, and with 
transportation being what it is, 
there was no way that the family 
could be separated for any length 
of time— the children were all too 
small. And by this time Monique 
was pregnant again. 

The doctors tried unsuccess- 
fully to treat Michel's condition. 
As a last resort, they scheduled an 
exploratory surgery. I am not 
sure just what happened, because 
I was away on a trip to Bangui. 
When I got back to the Chad I 
learned that Michel had died fol- 
lowing surgery, and I had missed 
the funeral. I picked up Monique 
and the children and took them 
back to Bessao. 

I thank the Lord for the oppor- 
tunity to have worked with Michel 
during a very short time. But I 
must admit that I am having a hard 
time when I try to figure out how 
this will further God's purpose. 

Monique has since had Michel's 
child, a baby girl. She and the 
children have left Bessao and 
returned to their village. Please 
pray for them. Being a widow is 
never easy. Being a Chadian widow 
is harder than you can imagine. 

The plans for the school con- 
tinue. We do not yet have a new 
director, and we are now short one 
teacher. We are trusting the Lord 
to give us the man who will be His 
choice for this position. Pray with 
us for this problem. We have 13 
students in the new class for the 
Preparatory Bible Institute. We 
pray that the Lord will help us to 
do the job. 

It is only my belief that God is 
sovereign that sustains me when, 
from my limited viewpoint, some- 
times I cannot understand how God 
is going to work all things out right 
in the end. 

"And we know that in all things 
God works for the good of those 
who love Him, who have been 
called according to His purpose" 
(Rom. 8:28 NIV). ■ 

Missionary Personnel Needs 


Evangelists, church planters and developers 
Bible teachers— extension seminary 


Evangelists/church planters 

a) Urban church planting 

b) Pioneer church planting— new communities, Trans-Amazon Highway 

Extension seminary teachers 


Evangelists, church planters and developers (missionary elders) 

Teachers— Bible Institute, School of Theology, extension seminary 

Bible teachers— government high schools 

Women's and girls' workers 

General missionaries willing to fit in where needed 


Extension seminary teacher (postgraduate-pastors) 

Evangelist (outreach) 

Bible Institute teacher 

Church developer (ministry to youth) 


Church planter (unevangelized cities) 


Church planter 


Evangelist/church planter 


Evangelist/church planter 


Evangelist/church planter 

A limited number of positions are available in supporting 
and specialized ministries. Age in itself is not an insur- 
mountable barrier. However, experience has proved that the 
older one is, the more difficult it is to make the adjust- 
ments necessary for an effective ministry. 

(Continued from page 19) 

eternal home. If our earthly home was such a special 
place; how much more will be our eternal home. 

This, then, is the comfort to our hearts in the time 
of separation from one we loved so much. The Lord 
had given her such special abilities to make a home. 
We are comforted in thinking that He took her to 
have her help in preparing this special home for us. 
He did not make a mistake, and His doings are perfect 
and good. She would not have us grieve. She would 
have us continue in what He has for us yet to do and 
look forward to the day when we shall all be home 
together! ■ 

■ J 



Women Manifesting 

Women's Missionary Council of the Grace Brethren Church 
Box 71 1 , Winona Lake, Indiana 46590 


Mrs. Dan (Miriam) Pacheco, 413 Kings Highway, Winona Lake, 
Ind. 46590-219/267-7603 

First Vice President 

Mrs. Dean (Ella Lee) RIsser, 58 Holiday Hill, Lexington, Ohio 

Second Vice President 

Mrs. James (Triceine) Custer, 2515 Carriage Lane, Powell, Ohio 


Mrs. Fred (Margie) Devan, Jr., 2507 Vancouver Dr., N.W., 
Roanoke, Va., 24012-703/366-2843 

Assistant Secretary 

Mrs. Donald (Marilyn) Weltmer, Route #1, Box 131. 
Gerrardstown, W. Va. 25420-304/229-3920 

Financial Secretary-Treasurer 

Miss Joyce Ashman, 602 Chestnut Avenue, Winona Lake, Ind. 

Assistant Financial Secretary-Treasurer 

Mrs. Bill (Shirley) Stevens, Box 59, R. R. 1, Lake Odessa, Mich. 

Literature Secretary 

Mrs. Ralph (Betty) Hall, Route #8, Box 297, Warsaw, Ind. 


Mrs. Noel (Linda) Hoke, R. R. 1, Hickory Estates, Warsaw, Ind. 

Prayer Chairman 

Mrs. John (Sally) Neely, 121 S. Walnut Street, Troy, Ohio 


WMC Operation 
and Publication 

Goal -$8,000 

Due September 10, 1981 

Jfissicnary ^Birttidays 


(If no address is listed, the address will be found in the July/August 
1981 ECHOES.; 


Matthew Ochocki October 3, 1979 

Mrs. Sharon Stallter October 8 

Mrs. Ruth Snyder October 20 

Rev. Marvin Goodman October 22 

Rev. Robert Skeen October 31 


Rev. Tinn Farner October 1 

Mrs. Innogene Burk October 18 


Rev. George Johnson* October 5 

Mrs. Nancy Graham* October 10 

Mrs. Anita Paden October 1 1 

Rev. J. Paul Dowdy October 18 

Jacqueline Julien* October 19, 1964 

Samuel Paden October 27, 1975 

*c/o P.O. Box 588. Winona Lake, Indiana 46590 



^^^r tlie Cord Jranb wisdom! Hi^eV^ry word 
i; a treasure of knowledge and understanding. 


by Linda Hoke 

Ugh! The windows need washing again. 

The rectangular shapes on the wall moved up and 
down with varying degrees of satisfaction to the mover. 
The pile of dirty rags became larger with each move- 
ment. Is this job really necessary? It seems there should 
be some mathematical equation that would give the 
window washer a proportionate time of looking out 
clean windows but every housewife knows that as sure 
as the windows are clean, the rain begins — right? 

Grumble, grumble. Even the convenience of the 
windows being the easiest ones to clean that this washer 
has ever had doesn't make the job go any faster. The job 
even goes faster with the help of a loved one, but that 
doesn't even make the difference until .... 

The landscape seems to sparkle! How neat it is to see 
minute detail of God's creation through the glass where 
yesterday I simply passed by. Don't get me wrong. I 
have washed these windows before but the beauty of 
the countryside is always enhanced by the sparkling 
windows. How quickly we forget. I remember now 
feeling the same way, the last time I stood on two able 
feet with rag in hand washing the window the Lord pro- 
vided for me to see through. And, I'm grateful for two 
eyes that make it possible for me to see the wondrous 
handiwork He alone could provide. Forgive me Lord, 
for only seeing the drudgery of today and not the 
beauty that you have given. 

"The heavens declare the glory of God; and the 
firmament sheweth his handiwork." —Psalm 19:1 ■ 

—Remember the WMC transition team. 
Retiring officers, help the new ones know 
what will be expected of them at the end of 
the year by going over your copy of the sta- 
tistical report. 

—Combine the 15th day of prayer with a 
work day to make things for missionaries or 
needed items for the church. (Maryland) 

—Use visual methods as much as possible 
to get your local projects in front of your 
ladies. A well-planned bulletin board or dis- 
play will encourage interest. Change it often 
to maintain that interest. 

—Plan a special emphasis for each monthly 
meeting. Honor special ladies each month. 
Example: September— teacher's month. Re- 
member these ladies in prayer for the coming 
year as they touch new lives. Your list of 
honorees will need to be individualized since 
each group is different. Honor does not mean 
gifts. Mention of the ladies in attendance in 
that special field is enough with perhaps a 
ribbon of acknowledgment for their service. 
A special portion of the prayer circle could 
be devoted to thank the Lord for them and 
petitioning for any special prayer requests 
they may have. 

-Be on the lookout for the new set of 
Conference Pen Pointers. These will be the 
goals set by the National WMC Board for the 
national organization. They also set some 
recommendations for the local groups to 
follow. They will be published in the Septem- 
ber Herald and also in the 1982 Brethren 

-Pray for new pastors and new churches 
across our fellowship. These churches have 
special needs. ■ 


All the aids found in this 
closet are useful in many ways. 
Each one can help to make the 
Christian life beautiful and pleas- 
ing to the Lord. The broom is 
the Word of God which cleans 
all the dirt of sin from our lives if 
we but apply it to the soul. The 
dustpan symbolizes the blood of 
Christ that takes the sin away 
from our lives. The mop is Bible 
study and if used with the 
proper dressing, the Holy Spirit 
in our lives, it will keep our lives 
shiny and as a mirror that 
reflects our Saviour. 

The dust cloth can represent 
prayer in our lives, and prayer 
can cover all facets of life if 
applied correctly. Sometimes 
a swift prayer covers only the 
surface as the cloth can do on 
occasion, but concentrated 
prayer gets into all the niches 
and corners of our lives as well 
as the lives of those who serve 
the Lord in other places. We 
seek out His blessing for us. The 
wax that encourages the cloth 
is knowledge of the Lord's will 
for our lives. We can live ever 
closer to Him if we but apply 
these tools. ■ 

Don't look at me, 
I can't do anything 

Dear God, 

I'm not important, I'm just a member of my local WMC. 
The ladies at my church don't think I contribute much; they 
never elect me to an office. I attend as many meetings as I 
can and help out wherever I'm needed, but go unnoticed. I 
don't have many talents, never sing a solo, can't write a 
poem, hesitate to speak or pray in public. Maybe I won't 
talk correctly and they will laugh at me. 

Your servant 

Dear Servant, 

"Whatsoever ye do in word or deed, do all in the name of 
the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God and the Father by him" 
(Col. 3:17). 

"My grace is sufficient for thee; for my strength is made 
perfect in weakness. " Paul added, "Most gladly, therefore, 
will I rather glory in my infirmities, that the power of Christ 
may rest upon me" (2 Cor. 12:9). 

There is a human saying, "little is much when God is in 
it. " Also a songwriter has said, "Give of your best to the 
Master . . . Give Him the best that you have. " 

"Dear Child, I do not ask that you give of someone else's 
best; just your own. Your second to the motion may be your 
best. The quiet stitches in a dress for the needy will praise 
Me. Do not let others judge you for I have said, 'Judge not, 
that ye be not judged' " (Matt. 7: 1). 

"Lay not up for yourselves treasures upon earth, where 
moth and rust doth corrupt, and where thieves break through 
and steal, but lay up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where 
neither moth nor rust doth corrupt, and where thieves do not 
break through nor steal" (Matt. 6: 19-20). 

"God is my strength and power; and he maketh my way 
perfect" (2 Sam. 22:33). 

". . . for with God all things are possible" (Mark 10:27). 

Your Heavenly Father 


(Editor's note: Martine Yougouda, wife of Pierre, lived in the United States wtiile her husband studied at 
Grace Seminary, Winona Lake, Indiana. She is presently president of the OTN in Central Africa. Following 
is a literal translation of a recent letter to friends in the States.) 

Dear WMC Friends, 

Greetings to you and all your family in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ! 

How is the affair of your health and of your family also? 

As always work overwhelms me. I am teaching many classes this semester, I am sewing and I am 
doing the work of the garden, but now I'm not beginning the garden work because it is the dry season. 

The General Conference walked (went) very well and the meeting of the OTN at Conference 
walked well. We found good warning from the mouths of the women that showed the Word and we pre- 
pared many other good things at conference. The project we are taking this year is to buy furniture for the 
house of sleeping (dormitory) of the theology students and the faculty too. 

In 1979 they gave 1 70,000 frs. (about $700), but this year they gave 439,000 frs. (about $1,750). 
We see when women wish with true hearts to work. I ask you and our sisters there when you gather to pray 
for us in Africa. 

We had camp at Yaloke; the women found much joy there. Pray for me because I and Madame 
Mensinger, we will go to Boguila and Bouca to see the work in the midst of the OTN there. 

Laurentine is growing well; she is with nine years now. Her school work walks good. Eric is with 
seven years. Jeffrey is with four years; he walks around the village; he doesn't go to school. 

About Pierre— he is wandering about the skies (flying) for propagandizing the Faculty (new 
school). He doesn't sit on the ground and his studies are many. Pray for him so he'll find strength for all 
the work God has given to him. 

I must sleep because the hours have passed much and I have much work tomorrow. Greet for me 
my other friends. To call the names of everyone would fill up this page. But you greet them for me. 

I close with this . . . God sit with you there. 

Your true friend, 



Inrmoc Desian 

Light fixtures 
Color coordinating 
Custom-fit drapes 

Ever wish you could invite 
an interior designer into your 
home without fear of cost or 
reprisal from those who share 
your abode? Our God provides 
the best kind of interior de- 
sign. No, He doesn't exactly 
revive the faded sofa or 
repaint the walls, but His is an 
interior design of the finest 
kind. Human interior design. 
Renovation, to be sure. Psalm 
51 :10saysof His ability: 
"Create in me a clean heart, 
God, and renew a right spirit 

within me." Total trans- 
formation. The Saviour 
specializes in complete re- 
modeling. He can take the 
wreck of a sin-filled life and 
with the acceptance of His 
death for us on the cross can 
rearrange priorities so that His 
name will be magnified. 

This is the type of redecor- 
ating that only takes faith on 
our part. No heavy cost to 
pay; He paid the price on 
Calvary. ■ 





Miss Verna Birkey 

"You Are Very Special" promises to be a very encouraging study for WIVIC ladies during 
this conning year. Verna Birkey, a former teacher and counselor, has written a book by the 
same name as our chosen theme and has led over, 350 workshops for women all over the 
United States, Canada and foreign countries. 

Her seminars and the volume for our study grew out of a strong conviction that God can 
fulfill women's needs, that wives will be happy as they know and live according to God's 
specific design, and that mothers can understand and meet the real needs of their children. 

Practical steps are included in the study to aid women in everyday life situations. 

Missionaries will also be met in a study that illustrates the missionary life in personal ex- 

Enjoy this new study with others, for "you are very special!" ■ 

hoping to help 

in Christian ed, youth, and church growth 

GBC Christian Education, Box 365, Winona Lal<e, IN 46590 
Telephone: 219/267-6622 

"The Year of the Family" 

Every year is the year of the family. God's responsi- 
bilities to parents, first to father, are large. They feel 
awkward at first for new parents, but become the norm as 
husband and wife and father and mother abide in Christ 
and have the nerve and courage to apply and live Biblical 

We wonder what families did to keep from getting on 
each other's nerves when they all hoed the same ground, 
watched fathers do a lot of work, and sat around the 
hearths at night watching sparks! Surely the ties must have 
been strong when people were unselfish, for they had 
special times! And while our times are special, they have 
certainly changed! Now we hope for one "family night" 
every week, as long as there isn't a church or friends social, 
or an extra at work. Meals will probably soon be capsules, 
consumed on the go, perhaps with a cassette playing "Bless 

Be the Tie" or "Home, Sweet Home" in the background. 

"Let marriage be held in honor among all," is the clear 
command of Hebrews 13:4. Applied and extended, it says, 
"Let family be held in honor. Give it time. Put it on a 
pedestal. Get rid of jokes that put down family or negate 
the loving leadership of the father or the creative honor of 
the mother or the responsive obedience of the children." 

Celebrate family at church, and honor by interview and 
award those who manage to lead the way. "Manage"— a 
word implying not luck but careful planning (1 Tim. 3:4). 

If Grace Brethren churches are to be known as missions 
churches with a spark of evangelism and a fire of love, they 
must also be known as family churches. Churches that care 
in a special way about singles, but also provide inspiration 
and motivation and time for the families. 

This is the year! ■ 

Children Need to be Held 

It's not just that Dr. Ross Campbell thinks so, as said in his 
excellent book on loving your children. 

It's not just that I know my kids need hugged, or that the 
bumper sticker provokes it. It's that Jesus said to bring the children 
on, and that graphs always show them going off from the church. 
Much to the disappointment of our Lord. 

Holding children in church is one of the great goals of a good 
Christian ed program. Not just holding as in "holding pattern" for 
airplanes, but holding as in embracing in joy, and challenging with 
growth while being held. Holding as in love, and with a relationship 
with teacher and pupil, parent and child, friend to friend. 

I can help my Sunday school and our Christian ed times to hold 

* By volunteering to help teach and then throwing myself into 

that with great love and gusto. 

* By volunteering to help a teacher, if teaching is not my best 


* By making sure that children who come to our church without 

their parents are getting attention from me, perhaps even a 
pew partner for church service. 

* By getting a "big brothers" or "big sisters" group started at 

church so that children with only one parent get help from 
the church on the other. 

* By recognizing and thanking and emphasizing children's workers 

as well as deacons or elders or the traditionally popular 

* By helping be sure there is staff time given to planning and 

evaluating the area of children's ministries. 

* By being sure our church offers "Precepts," a course designed to 

help hold children by giving them basic beliefs and practices 
at an appropriate age. 

* By helping my own children be exemplary, managed with love 

and joy. 

* By helping the church offer workshops and programs for 

parents, including preparation for adolescence, sharing for 
parents of teens, and stimulation related to discipline of the 

Children need held by the church. 
By you. 

Christian Edquarters Notes : We welcome De nlse Harkness and Valerie Byers to CE staff-team. Denise, a recent 
Grace grad, is serving as secretary-assistant to Ed Lewis. . . . Val Is our new shipping clerk-materials secretary. . . 
Thanks to all who stopped by during conference week for open house! ... Did we tell you Kevin and Tina 
Muggins are parents the third time, to Alexis Marie (youngest Barnabas team member yet!). We're happy for 
them! . . . Most of our staff will be in Greeley, Colorado, for the "Movin' On Up" Brethren National Youth 
Conference. Pray for that special August 9-15 time, please. 

1980-81 Christian Ed Award Winners 

CE Idea of the Year 

"Menders Ministry" is the idea, and it's from Warsaw Community GBC, 
Warsaw, Indiana, and it's a specialized age group ministry-for some who have 
been involved in divorce. "It is an attempt to deal with the emotional 
problems and special needs of that group by Bible teaching and discipleship." 

CE awards the "CE Idea of the Year Award" not just because of the 
special care for an important group, but especially because of the ideal 
curriculum offered. A teacher and staff of CGBC have developed a 
"Menders" set of lessons, with applications and projects and excellent Scrip- 
ture to meet needs. The teacher, Leon Wagoner, said, "I have seen with my 
own eyes, and felt in my heart, the results of true growth in the lives of the 
class members as well as myself. I have seen the pain, suffering and distress 
that goes hand in hand with divorce vanish, making way for total change in 

Sensitive to community needs, and responding to the call of Christ to meet 
those needs, Warsaw Community has a great idea— a specialized curriculum, 
a class full of care! 

Alexander Mack Baptism Membership Award 

CE awards this to the Grace Brethren Church, Berrien Springs, Michigan, 
Christian Becker, pastor— the 26 baptized from August to April of this 
conference year, 21 of them joining as new members! 

Of those, 13 were conversion additions, three by transfer, and five by 
baptism after previous salvation. 

That's terrific with statistics for this, one of our smaller churches that is on 
a growth binge! Pastor Becker said, "When someone is saved, we mention 
baptism as the next step in obedience. When we meet with candidates for 
baptism we explain that since God already considers them to be part of the 
church, they should commit themselves to membership." 

Congratulations, Berrien Springs! Keep it up! 

Awards presented at national Christian Ed Convention: 

Church of the Year . . . Sunday School of the Year . . . 
New Church of the Year . . . Resurrection of the Year 
. . . Senior Medal of Ministry . . . Educator of the Year 










for the 


+ "Precepts"— a program for children 
in grades 6, 7, or 8 that involves 
parents and children in study. 


+ "Marriage" and "Parents"-our 
GBC Readables on the subject; 
teachers' guides available. 

+ District and regional seminars— our 
workshops always include sessions 
on the family. Some this fall will 
include "Preparation for 
Adolescence" and two just for 

+ "Fit to Be Tied"-a program of 
Biblical sex education and 
preparation for Christian marriage. 

New Introductory Subscription Offer 





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By GBC youth workers and pastors. 
Writing Staff: 

Kevin Muggins, Ed Lewis, Judy Ashman, 
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P.O. Box 365, Winona Lake, IN 46590 
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with D-Days and a strategy to reach youth 

The FGBC representatives at the National Evangelism Conference, Ridgecrest, North Carolina. 

Forty Grace Brethren youth 
leaders from all across the country 
joined 400 other church leaders in 
Ridgecrest, North Carolina, in April 
for a week-long National Evan- 
gelism Leadership Conference. GBC 
Christian Education encouraged 
Brethren youth workers to attend 
the conference to learn and discuss 
a strategy for evangelizing and 
discipling young people. The 
strategy, which has been proven 
effective in many churches, is based 
on Biblical foundations and centers 
on the local church. 

The seminar was enhanced by 
challenges and small group meal- 
time discussions with Gordon 
MacDonald, Josh McDowell, Barry 
St. Clair, E. V. Hill, and others. 

An extra day was added to the 
seminar to discuss this strategy 
further and to share ideas and 
suggestions for Brethren district 
youth committees. 

The challenges encouraged 
youth workers to implement the 
strategy in their churches. The 

GBC leaders also felt the responsi- 
bility to help other GBC churches 
have effective youth ministries. 

The result: GBC Christian 
Education will continue to share 
the strategy at area CE Seminars, at 
the CE Convention, with adults at 
Brethren National Youth Confer- 
ence, and in a special session in 

Warsaw, Indiana, on November 13 
and 14. 

There are plans now to add to 
the strategy— to meet needs that we 
see among youth ministries in the 
FGBC. Several youth pastors will 
be asked to meet at CE headquarters 
this year to discuss Brethren youth 

How the strategy is being used in Grace Brethren Churches: 

* a youth worker is unofficial "chaplain" of a public high school 
football team. 

*a youth pastor eats lunch with kids in different high school 
cafeterias each week. 

* 30 committed adult leaders are now working with 1 00 teens. 

♦ a youth pastor put on an assembly program in his public high 

♦ a youth sponsor said, "I rededicated my life to Christ. How could 
I disciple a teen when I wasn't a model Christian myself?" 

Thanks for helping us make such youth leadership training opportunities 
available. Your gifts and prayer support go a long way in ministering to 
GBC youth. 

Could we hear from you today? 
Mark your gift YOUTH, 

c/o GBC Christian Education 

P. O. Box 365 

Winona Lake, IN 46590 


National Fellowship of Grace Brethren Men, Inc. 

"Faithful men, who shall be able to teach others also" 2 Timothy 2:2 



1. Harold "Pappy" Stayer 
making a point as the 
National Director looks on. 
6. Two boys engaged In a log- 
rolling contest. 

One of the highlights of the 
Grace Brethren Boys' year is 
the Spring Outpost Camp. 
This is a weel<end when the 
men and boys in a district 
come together for a time of 
fun and fellowship. In a very 
real sense it is the culmination 
of a year's work, as the boys 
put into practice those skills 
they have been mastering 
throughout the fall and winter 

Many of the boys experience 
a number of "firsts" while at 
Outpost Camp. It may well be 
the very first time they have 
slept overnight in a tent. There 
are so many strange "night 
noises" to get used to. And, 
singing and worshiping around 
the evening campfire for the 
first time is something every 
boy remembers with fond 
memories. Then there is that 
first encounter with that elu- 
sive little woodland bird, the 

snipe. Wow, do those boys 
ever remember that first 
"snipe hunt." Under the 
experienced supervision of our 
national director, many snipe 
have been located and even 
bagged, but all have managed 
to somehow escape. 

For the men, it is a great 
time to relax around the camp- 
fire and fellowship with other 
unit leaders, exchanging infor- 
mation and swapping experi- 
ences. Somehow it helps to 


know that other men share iH 
same joys and frustrations in i 
their boys' ministries. 

And invariably, there is 
always some form of competi( 
tion. Sometimes this will be a: 
formal activity likea Skill Mill,! 
where the units compete with 
one another in practical appiH 
cation of skills learned through 
out the year. At other times i 
will be a race against time on 
an obstacle course, climbing 
walls, crossing rope bridges, 

Grace Brethren Boys 

2. National Director enjoying 
an opportunity to share the 
Word of God with the men 
and boys. 

3. Getting settled-in for that 
first night camping out. 


agging logs and other neat 
:allenges. On still other occa- 
i)ns the competition will take 
e form of a log-rolling con- 
i5t or a tug of war. Recently, 
::ie district had a tug-of-war 
: tween the boys and men. The 
3n claimed they could have 
3n if the boys had not 
chored their end of the rope 
a large pine tree. Anyhow, 
'Uth triumphed over ex- 
The evening campfire 

4. No Outpost Camp is 
complete without 
getting the boys 
personally involved in 
the Word. 

5. Learning how to tie a 
timber hitch on a log. 

services are always a special 
delight. Somehow the sights, 
sounds and smells all blend to- 
gether to create an atmosphere 
that has its own special mys- 
tique. The smell of smoke and 
pines, the sound of crickets, 
frogs and birds in their evening 
serenades, combined with the 
sight of the stars twinkling 
overhead and the flickering 
embers of the fire, all work 
together to create a special 
magic that will reduce even 

the most boisterous boy to a 
hushed awe. Then in this set- 
ting, a godly man with a deep 
love for boys opens his Bible 
and begins to share the claims 
of Christ with those seated 
around the fire. Men and boys 
alike will remember such an 
experience for a good, long 

Grace Brethren Boys be- 
lieves that experiences such as 
this should be part of every 
boy's growing up. If you would 
like further information on 
starting a GBB unit in your 
church or on planning a Dis- 
trict Outpost Camp, please 
contact us at this address: 

Mr. Mike Ostrander 
Grace Brethren Boys 
P.O. Box 416 
Winona Lake, Ind. 46590 
Phone 219/267-7158 


by Dennis Brown 

Field Representative 
Grace Scfiools 

Grace College and Grace 
Theological Seminary, located 
in Winona Lake, Indiana, have 
emerged from the 1 970s as 
strong, resilient institutions for 
Christian higher education. 
Their forty-year history has 
been tempered by spiritual 
testing, financial challenges 
and meeting the needs of an 
ever-changing society. 

By any measure, Grace 
Schools' progress has been 
remarkable. A $10 million 
physical plant has been con- 
structed and a first-rate 
academic program, providing 
students with a well-rounded 
spiritual education, has been 
established. This past school 
year more than 1 ,300 students 
matriculated at the two 
schools. There were 893 
enrolled in the college and 429 
in the seminary. 

After studying the 
prioritized capital and 
program needs to keep pace 
with increasing enrollments, 
the Board of Trustees has 
approved a "Pursuing 
Priorities" campaign for the 
80s. Co-chairmen of the 
National Committee for the 
campaign are board members 
A. E. Grill, Dayton, Ohio; and 
Ralph Grady, Waterloo, Iowa. 
Before undergoing surgery for 
a brain tumor on March 31 , 
Dr. Kenneth Ashman, pastor 
of the Grace Brethren Church 
of Wooster, Ohio, and 
chairman of Grace's Board of 
Trustees, was instrumental as 
chairman of the Church 
Relations Committee, in 
planning the basic church 
campaign. Jerry Twombly 
and Dennis Brown are now 
spearheading those efforts 
and sharing the thoughts of 



Capital Needs 



Colonial Hall (Renovation for Art 

2. Alpha Dining Commons 


3. College Residence Hall 

4. Gymnasium Renovation and 


5. Student Services Center-Phase I 

(Administration Building and 
McClain Hall Remodeling- 

6. Air Conditioning (Philathea and 

McClain— Seminary) 

7. Fine Arts Complex (Auditorium) 

8. Student Services Center-Phase II 

(Administration Building and 
McClain Hall Remodeling- 

Program Needs 

Library Acquisitions (Seminary) 
Concert and Lecture Series 
Student Aid 

9. Seminary Housing 
10. Fine Arts Complef-Phase II 

(Speech, Music and Art) 


Spring '81 
Spring '81 

Projected Cos; 

$ 75,000 

$ 320,000 

(To be reviewed) $ 425,000 

Spring '82 
Summer '82 

Winter '83 

Spring '84 
Spring '86 

$ 20,000 
$ 262,000 

$ 58,000 


TOTAL (Items 2-8) $4,535,000 ! 


$ 3,000/year 


Fall '87 
Fall '89 

$ 100,000 
$ 15,000 
$ 350.000: 


$ 800,001 

I tots 

TOTAL PHASE II $5.000.000] 


suing Priorities for Grace— Committee 
irmen for the upcoming Grace Schools 
ital expansion "Campaign for 80s" 
ude (I. to r., front row): Ron Kinley, 
ona Lal<e, Ind., community relations; 
:. Grill, Dayton, Ohio; and Ralph 
dy, Waterloo, Iowa, national co- 
rmen;and Dr. Kenneth Ashman, 
3Ster, Ohio, chairman of the Board of 
stees, church relations. Bacl< row (I. 
): Richard Messner, Warsaw, Ind., 
ned giving and promotion; William 
ddy. West Salem, Ohio, foundations; 
John Davis, faculty-staff, Winona 
e, Ind.; Dan Snively, Winona Lake, 
, parents-students; and Jerry Young, 
iheim. Pa., trustees. 

the church committee with 
the national ministerium. 

A minimum need of $5 
million has been determined 
to effect the first phase 
(1981-85) of the master de- 
velopment plan. This will 
include expansion of Alpha 
Dining Commons, Student 
Services Center, Fine Arts 
Complex (2, 500-seat audi- 
torium), gymnasium renova- 
tion and air conditioning of 
Philathea and McClain class- 
rooms. These would be 
targeted for completion by 
1986. A proposed college 
residence hall is being 
reviewed. Program needs for 
the first phase would include 
library acquisitions for the 
seminary, concert and lecture 
series and student aid. 

Priorities for phase two of 
the plan through the rest of 
the 80s would include semi- 
nary housing and completion 
of the Fine Arts Complex for 
speech, music and art depart- 
ments. The second phase 
would involve another $5 
million, making a $10 million 
total need for the decade. 

Expansion of the dining 
commons in Alpha Hall, which 
is targeted for completion 
when school opens this fall, 
was placed high on the 
priority list because of the 
extremely crowded conditions 
due to increasing enrollments. 
The former Colonial Apart- 

ments on Kings Highway has 
been renovated to provide 
much-needed space for the 
growing college art depart- 

Grace Schools are affiliated 
with the Fellowship of Grace 
Brethren Churches. The most 
important factor in the "Pur- 
suing Priorities" campaign is 
the nucleus of strong, influen- 
tial Grace Brethren pastors 
and lay persons who whole- 
heartedly embrace the 
importance and urgency of the 
need facing Grace Schools. 

The college and seminary 
are a positive outgrowth of the 
educational work of the 
Fellowship of Grace Brethren 
Churches. The impact of 
Grace Schools is not measured 
by symbols, but rather by 
lives. The possible church 
thrust in the "Pursuing 
Priorities" campaign will 
provide an investment that 
will help the college and 
seminary to expand the 
essential service of higher 
education and training to the 
people of our Fellowship. 

The church campaigns to be 
conducted during 1981-82 will 
seek to provide further 
stability as the college and 
seminary begin their broader 
task of pursuing priorities in 
the Lord's work. The cam- 
paigns will also have the 
specific objection of establish- 
ing closer ties between Grace 
College and Seminary and the 
Fellowship of Grace Brethren 

Service oriented colleges do 
not just happen. They are a 
direct result of sacrifice, 
concern and continuous 
support of the people they 
serve. As the 80s begin, 
Grace Schools and the FGBC 
across America must share in 
this challenge if the schools 
are to grow and prosper in 
"service to God through 
service to man." 

The focus of the proposed 

church campaigns will hinge 
on a six-week program for an 
individual church or in most 
cases the district as a whole. 
Included in the six-week 
schedule is a planned giving 
seminar for the benefit of 
church members, the local 
church and stewardship 
involvement in all of God's 
work throughout the FGBC. 
The six-week campaign will 

Grace Bud g et To Be $5.9 Million 

Dr. Homer A. Kent, Jr., president, said ttiat 
Grace Sc/ioois will be operating on a balanced 
$5.9 million budget for the 1981-82 fiscal year. 
He reported that the current financial condition 
of Grace is good and it is expected that the 
schools will finish the fiscal year in the black 
for the fourteenth time in 15 years. 

"Grace's biggest concern is the long-term 
impact of inflation upon tuition and room and 
board charges because students attending 
private colleges must rely more and more on 
financial aid," Dr. Kent stated. "How reliable 
these financial aid sources will remain is in 
question. However, Grace is convinced of its 
need to not undertake any substantial long- 
term debt, but instead is committed to the 
success of the campaign for the 80s to provide 
the additional needs of the schools for this 
decade, " he emphasized. ■ 

build toward a victory 
banquet in week five and the 
successful announcement of 
the goal achieved. 

Under careful management 
and proper leadership, the 
pursuing priorities campaign 
will help maintain Grace 
Schools so richly deserved by 
you who share our ideals, 
traditions and definitely our 
future. The result will be seen 
through the tangible two- 
phase program as outlined in 
the accompanying chart. 

The benefits of "Pursuing 
Priorities" to our national 
Fellowship and to each 
individual church will be the 
cornerstone of excellence in 
higher education at Grace and 
the countless lives touched by 
God's ministry through the 
two schools. ■ 


News Notes 


A long-time associate dean of students and a 
missionary involved in the ministry of God's Word for 
nearly 35 years were among those especially honored 
during the 1981 commencement exercises of Grace 
Schools held May 22 in the Billy Sunday Tabernacle 
in Winona Lake. 

Mrs. Miriam Uphouse, 

associate dean at Grace 
College for the past 18 
years, was honored as the 
"1981 College Alumnus of 
the Year." A 1963 
graduate of Grace College 
with the B.A. degree, she 
earned the M.S. from St. 
Francis College. She has 
successfully been able to 
integrate her profession with the responsibilities of 
being the mother of three daughters. 

She has been frequently honored among women in 
the Fellowship of Grace Brethren Churches and in 
1977 was recognized as the Indiana Merit Mother of 
the Year. Alumna Uphouse has twice been president 
of the Christian Association of Deans of Women and 
is currently co-president of the Association of 
Christians for Student Development. She began her 
undergraduate training at Philadelphia College of the 
Bible where she received a diploma. 

Ron Henry, president of the College Alumni 
Association, presented the plaque to Mrs. Uphouse, 
for being named the distinguished college alumnus of 
the year. She and her husband. Dr. Norman Uphouse, 
retired Grace College professor, reside on Route 8, 
Warsaw, Indiana. 

Rev. Marvin L. 
Goodman, who began a 
lengthy missionary career 
in 1946, was honored as 
the "1981 Seminary 
Alumnus of the Year." 
During the early years in 
the Central African 
Republic, his chief work 
was that of serving as a 
missionary pastor. For 
many months he worked with the Inter-Mission 
Language Committee in translating the Old Testament 
in Sango. He taught in the Bible Institute in the 
C.A.R. and in 1966 served a stint as field superin- 
tendent of the Foreign Missionary Society of the 
Brethren Church in the African field. In March of 
this year, he opened a new mission field in the 

Cameroon, a country located east of the C.A.R. 
where he is working with pastors in planting new 

A 1945 graduate of Grace Seminary, Mr. Goodman 
and his wife, Dorothy, are the parents of four 
children. Jesse B. Deloe, treasurer of the Grace 
Seminary Alumni Assocation, presented the plaque. 
In the absence of Mr. Goodman, his daughter, Mrs. 
Susan Zielasko, accepted the award. ■ 


... at the 1981 Grace Schools Recognition Ban- 
quet for their years of service were (front row, from 
left) Vilas Deane (10 years, math professor); John 
Sproule (5 years, associate professor of New Testa- 
ment and Greek); Homer Kent, Jr. (30 years, president 
and professor of New Testament and Greek); and 
Stephen Grill (10 years, assistant academic dean, 
associate professor of speech communication). Back 
row, Kenneth Taylor (10 years, assistant professor of 
sociology); Lee Kantenwein (10 years, assistant to the 
dean of student affairs, assistant professor of 
homiletics); Richard Messner (25 years, director of 
development); andJohnWhitcomb (30 years, director 
of doctoral studies, professor of theology and Old 

Staff members recognized for their increments of 
service at the eleventh annual Recognition Banquet 
included (front row, from left) Joyce Ashman (20 
years, accounts receivable clerk); Elizabeth Moore 
(15 years, director of housing); Sharon Soule (5 
years, secretary to the director of seminary 
admissions; and Earl Thurston (10 years, director of 
food services). Back row, Floyd Votaw (5 years, head 
of library technical services); Neal Cauffman (10 
years, maintenance staff); Blaine Snyder (15 years, 
accountant for Winona Lake Christian Assembly); 
and William Darr (5 years, assistant director of 
libraries). Photos by Vance Christie ■ 

Jlt9tf jlt%t HlOtf 

To share words of "comfort" with someone 
in a time of sorrow, or to express vour "best 
wishes" on some special occasion of joy, is one 
of the nicest things you can do. 

We will be pleased to speed your card of 
"sympathy," or of "congratulations," to a 
loved one, friend or family according to your 
instructions, immediately upon receipt of your 
gift in any amount to Grace Schools. 

Today, let them know you really care. 
Complete the form below and send with your 
check. The amount will remain confidential. 

Rev. Donald Hager 
Dr. Homer A. Kent, Sr. 

Mr. Roy H. Kinsey 
Mr. Clayton Kunkler 

Mr. Ellis E. Lehman 
Mrs. Chester McCall 
Rowella Delia Townsend 

In Honor of: 

Mr. and Mrs. Kenneth Kohler 
(40th Wedding Anniversary) 

Mr. and Mrs. E. L. Kingery 
Mr. and Mrs. C, E. Skellenger 
Mr. and Mrs. Del Wangsvick 
Mr. and Mrs. Daniel Blair 
Mr. and Mrs. Cal Bristley 
Grace Brethren Chapel, Fremont, 

Mr. and Mrs. Richard Cobb 
Mrs. Wilma H. Cole 
Mr. and Mrs. Richard Humburg 
Rose Isaac 
Helen B, Puchalski 
Mr. and Mrs. J. L. Schelb 
Mr. Harold Winnes 
Mr. and Mrs. A. Bagley 
Mr. and Mrs. Kenneth Belles 
Mr, and Mrs. Sheridan Folsom 
Mr. and Mrs. Albert Cherry 
Highland Fruit Growers, Yakima, 

Mrs. Zelda McClure 
Mr. and Mrs. Leon Smith 
Mr. and Mrs. R. M. Stolz 
Mr. and Mrs. Peter Bovy 
Mr. and Mrs. C. A. Elgin 
Mr. and Mrs. Wilbur Ford 
Mr. and Mrs. William Mathews 
Miss Mary A. Merrick 
Mr. and Mrs. R. W. Brand 
Adult Sunday School Class of 

First Brethren Church, 

Rittman, Ohio 
Mr. and Mrs. Charles W. Hammers 
Mr. and Mrs. R. W. Brand 
The Townsend Family 

Given by: 

Evelyn Kohler 



Winona Lake, Indiana 46590 

Please mail this form with your contribution 

Date Amount enclosed $_ 

Your name Telephone 

Your address 

City State Zip 


(Check one 

n In Memory of 

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Ma.l to: 

Living Memorials, Grace College and Seminary, Winona Lake, Ind. 46590 



ColoniaJ hall 

Alpha Dining Commons Expansion 

College Residence Hall 

Gymnasium Renovation and Repair 

Student Services Center Ptiase I 

Air Conditioning (Philathea and McClain — Seminary) 

Rne Arts Complex 

Student Services Center Phase II 


Pray about your involvement in the Grace 
Schools' Pursuing Priorities Campaign. 
During the next 10 years we will be seelting 
God's help through you to reach our goal of 
$10 million. We realize this bold step of 
faith can only be accomplished through 
your prayerful and financial support. 









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FoGUSing on God's Word 

Reflections By Still Waters 

The Coming Crunch: 

Hdl^Are fte Doing? 

•"o^ .o^-^ 

Charles W. Turner 


Wherever Brethren people gather, 
the subject at some point comes to 
the discussion of our progress, or 
lacl< of it, in the Grace Brethren 
Fellowship. We Brethren have no 
monopoly on this type of dis- 
cussion. All religiousdenominations 
are practicing the same exercise in 
self-examination. It is generally a 
good thing to show such interest in 
our fortunes, whether they be good 
or bad. Our biggest problem is 
obtaining information on which to 
base our opinions. Facts and basic 
data are available for about every- 
thing, however, we sometimes can 
dispute their accuracy. Conse- 
quently, we will not go for 
perfection, but make the necessary 
allowances for errors and omissions. 


As someone has asked, "Com- 
pared to what?" Well, in this case 
compared to our progress during 
the past ten years. The information 
is gleaned from Brethren Annual 
statistical reports for the ten-year 
period from 1 970 to 1 980. The 
answer to the question of "How are 
we doing?" depends on how you 
look at the facts. So I will let you 
draw some conclusions. I have 
some of my own, but will share 
them at a later date. 


Here we go! There has been a 
13.7 percent increase in the number 
of churches, from 226 to 257. This 
means an average of 3 new churches 
per year. As far as membership is 



^-To^ . 

concerned, we have increased 29.8 
percent-from 31,324 to 40,680 or 
a net increase of 900 persons per 
year . . . about 4 per church per 
year. Hardly sensational, but it is 


The net worth of our churches 
has increased some 828,000,000 
over the ten-year period and is 
now up to $49,326,501 from 
$21,418,937. The percentage 
of increase is 130 percent. 

Our giving to local church 
budget needs jumped 182 percent, 
from $8,270,387 to $23,380,797, 
and was quite good. 


Our giving to Brethren mission 
organizations did not fare quite as 
well— the total moved up only 1 16 
percent from $1,481,270 to 
$3,211,750. So we received more 
total giving but did not keep the 
same proportions of increase as the 
giving to "Others." This is creating 
a "crunch" that has been slowing 
progress in missions work. 

Now, if you want sensational 
progress, here it is! Giving to non- 
Brethren missions through Brethren 
churches has taken a sensational 
657 percent leap from about 
$80,000 to $605,352. To show 
that this area is still going fine, the 
latest figures available to me indi- 
cate a 32.6 percent increase in just 
one year . . . from $456,230 to 
$605,352. (Comment: Remember 
that these funds went through 
Brethren church offerings and do 
not show any gifts sent by Brethren 
people through the mail to other 
Christian groups. We see only a tip 

of the iceberg. For sometime I 
have called this the fastest growing 
movement in the Brethren Church!) 


The following list shows the ten- 
year growth of our incorporated 
Brethren boards that are not 
"creatures of conference": 

Brethren Foreign 

Missions 104% 

Brethren Home 

Missions 108% 

Brethren Missionary 

Herald 167% 

Grace Schools 174% 

Two brief observations about 
these figures: 1) The smaller growth 
has existed when the organization is 
fully dependent on offerings. 2) 
There is more rapid growth when 
the source of income is from our 
Fellowship of Churches and wider 
areas of the Christian population. 
These are rather obvious and have 
nothing to do with the merit or 
demerit of organizations. 


As local church needs soar 
during this time of inflation and 
opportunities of missions expand 
very rapidly— there is going to be a 
crunch! This information is being 
given to you as a member of our 
Fellowship to stimulate your 
thinking, planning, and praying. 
We need to take a hard look at a 
growing problem and come up with 
some answers, inasmuch as we do 
not have much time left to deal 
with this growing difficulty. 

I would love to have some 
comments from you and will save 
some space in an upcoming issue 
for them. Take a minute to write 
to me. Thanks! 


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Photo by Dr. Wayne Beaver. See page 8 for story. 

repcrted in the herald 

35 YEARS AGO - 1946 

Highlights of national conference indicated there were 99 
ministerial and 327 lay delegates attending the sessions. 
Bernard Schneider was elected moderator and the total 
membership was 16,826 persons. 

15 YEARS AGO - 1966 

Rev. Robert Thompson, the new western director of Breth- 
ren Home Missions, was guest speaker at Vandalia, Ohio. 
. . . Penn Valley Grace Brethren Church broke ground for 
its new church. Donald R. Goodhart, pastor. 

5 YEARS AGO - 1976 

Armagh, Pennsylvania, broke ground for its new building. 
David Plaster, pastor. . . . Wesley Haller has accepted the 
pastorate of the Lancaster, Pennsylvania, Grace Brethren 


Dear Editor: 

Hot and humid greetings from Tamazunchalel 
I'd like to express a word of heartfelt thanks for the 
years that the Herald magazine has come to me. Your 
periodical has been a real blessing. After 37 years, I'm 
leaving Mexico, retiring from the mission work here.— Mis- 
sionary from Philadelpliia 

Editor, Charles W. Turner 
Managing Editor, Kenneth E. Herman 
Production Manager, Bruce Brickel 
Artist, Mary Jane Fretz 
Editorial Secretary, Omega Sandy 
Departmental Editors: 

Christian Education: 

Knute Larson, Cinny Toroian 

Foreign Missions: 

John W. Zielasko, Nora Macon 

Grace Brethren Boys: 

Mike Ostrander 

Grace Brethren Men: 

Harold Hollinger 

Grace Schools: 

Dr. Homer A. Kent, Jr., Don Cramer 

Home Missions: 

Dr. Lester E. Pifer, Brad Skiles 

Women's Missionary Council: 

Linda Hoke 


Volume 43 Number 9 September 1981 


4 How God Called Me to France 

8 Returning to Africa 
14 Time to Celebrate in Brooksville, Florida 
18 Jewish Reflections 
20 Layman Plants Church in Cleveland, Ohio 

22 Sunday School Prescription 

23 East Side Columbus (Ohio) Named First 
26 The President's IVIessage 

28 Conference Pen Pointers 

30 Grace Brethren Boys in Rendezvous 

32 National Men's Sunday 

33 Dr. Kenneth B. Ashman: A Tribute 

34 Summer Missionaries 

bmh features 

• Reflections By Still Waters 2 • 

• BMH News Report 12 • 
• A Herald Magazine Reprint 24 • 

How God called me 
to France 

0)avsi, SjuLiJA £r dhfon 

The Hoberts— Although we 
have both been interested in 
missions most of our lives, we 
did not feel personally called 
to serve until Dave was in his 
first year of seminary. He was 
considering several possible 
areas of service, when Susie's 
dad returned from a trip to 
France and told of the many 
opportunities there and the 
great need for workers. We 
presented ourselves to the 
Lord and to FMS as willing 
to go. The confirmation of 
this call was made very clear 
to us as we talked with missionaries, received encour- 
agement from our church, and finally when we visited 
the French field one year before leaving as mission- 


Dick Schllperoort— I first 
had a taste of different 
mission fields while involved 
with the M. V. Logos. The 
Logos, a ship connected with 
Operation Mobilization, sails 
to various countries, present- 
ing the Gospel. Although 
asked to stay for another 
term, I thought it would be 
more fulfilling to be involved 
in the Lord's work in just one 
country. So, I started praying 
about where the Lord would 
want me to go after Logos. 
An opportunity in France 

opened up at a Bible-training center. It didn't take 
long to see the big need in France and that God can 
use all the gifts He has given us to serve Him here. 


Bonnie Schilperoort— The 

Lord started working in my 
heart about missions when I 
was six years old. At thai 
time, I was not interested in 
any particular field. I heard 
Tom Julien speak at a confer- 
ence on France. After this, 
there were still many times 
wasn't sure if God really wanted me in France or if i1 
was a desire only of mine. I visited France one sum- 
mer. Seven years later, the Lord allowed me to come. 

Jsix, £idA^, 
Jim & 

The Hudsons — Romans 
10:13-15 is the passage that 
God used to awaken my mis- 
sionary spirit at the beginning 
of my senior year at Grace 
Seminary. For the first time I 
saw a personal need to preach 
the Word where it had not 
been preached. In the follow- 
ing weeks, God led several 


French Christians and Ameri- 
cans ministering In France 
into our lives. In this way we 
saw firsthand the real need to 
make Christ known in 

Having spent two years of 
military service In France, I 
was acquainted with the geog- 
raphy and history of France. 
Add to this the fact that 
Betsy had studied French in 
high school and college. From 
the beginning, we had a 
natural affinity for France. 

Much searching and pray- 
ing led us both to the deci- 
sion to come to France. We 
praise God for the power of 
His Word that works In our 
lives and gives the desire to 
do His will. 


Dave Griffith— Being a 
"PK" (Preacher's Kid), I had 
the opportunity to meet 
many missionaries, since we 
had many stay in our home. 
They all made an impression 
on me. Along with my 
parents, they helped me see 
the joy in serving Jesus. 

When I was ten years old, I 
was at a camp where Tom 
Julien was the speaker. He 

asked for commitments to Christian service, and I 
knew he was talking to me. I was very interested in 
France all along, and I thought perhaps the Lord 
could use me there. When I went to Grace College, I 
took French and enjoyed the language. 

It was the summer between my junior and senior 
year at the college that confirmed the Lord's call. I 
went to France for ten weeks on the Time (Training 
In Missionary Endeavor) team. I saw firsthand the 
work in France, and I knew I could fit in. The mis- 
sionaries did a real sell-job that summer in showing us 
several cities where new missionaries might work. Sue 
Suter was also on the team, and we shared the same 
experiences. After we got back from France, we be- 
gan dating and were married the next summer. The 
rest is history, and we finally arrived in France where 
the Lord has called us. 

Susan Griffith— God was 

very patient In working with 
me when He called me to 
France. In fact. He didn't 
"call" me at one particular 
time but over a number of 
years. When I was 13 and 
accepted Christ, the Lord 
first brought full-time Chris- 
tian service to my mind. I was 
flatly unwilling. By my soph- 
omore year at Grace College, 
God had worked In my life so 
that I wanted to do His will. 
The following year at college, 
I was asked to be part of the 
1974 TIME team to France. I 
considered going and told the Lord I would go If He 
would remove some obstacles from the way. He did, 
and then I had no choice but to go. I was willing for a 
limited amount of time to do what I knew the Lord 
wanted. During that time, the Lord taught me what 
full-time missionary life Is like, and He showed me 
that He could use me, if I'd let Him. 

During my senior year of college, I began dating 
Dave, knowing that he planned on a career in 
missions in France. When he asked me to marry him, 
he asked me to go with him to France and be his 
wife. By that time, I was ready to say "yes" to both 
parts of the question. Finally, I was willing. God's 
special call to me came over a number of years, gentle 
but constant. When I refused, He continued to call 
through His love, until I was willing to be conformed 
to His will. 

Becky Good— There was 

nothing extraordinary or 
supernatural about my call to 
France. It was simply a 
matter of God-given oppor- 
tunities and a willingness 
to be used. From the time I 
invited Jesus to be my 
Saviour at age 16, I knew that 
my life would never be 
the same, because it had 
taken on purpose and signi- 
ficance because of Christ's 
power and presence. From 
then on I waited for God's 

In preparation, I enrolled at Grace College in 1971. 
Shortly thereafter, I married Kent, my "high school 
sweetheart." We both agreed that we wanted to serve 
God with our lives, wherever He led us. We were given 
the opportunity to serve in France for a summer 
under the TIME program, and though this trip con- 
firmed God's leading to France in Kent's mind, I 
must admit that it was a great struggle for me. 

It was a slide/tape presentation that my husband 
and Dan Hammersmadethat convinced me. Convicted 
of France's great need to know Jesus and being aware 
of God's clear leading in that direction, I willingly 
chose to follow. It's been worth it! 


Kent Good— In my junior 
year at Grace College, I 
became somewhat disillu- 
sioned with my psychology 
major, because I wasn't find- 
ing the answers to the real 
questions of life. So, I began 
looking toward seminary and full-time Christian 
service. In 1974, I began my training for the pastorate 
at Grace Seminary. The following summer my plans 
changed. At the suggestion of the Christian Ed 
Department, my wife, Becky, and I led a TIME team 
to France. The needs there were so great and the 
people to meet them so few, that I returned home 
with a new sense of direction. It wasn't long before 
Becky shared my burden to return to France. After 
finishing seminary, spending a year in the ministry in 
Fort Myers, Florida, and studying the French lan- 
guage a year in Albertville, France, we are now living 
and working in Chalon-sur-Saone, France. 


Vickl DeArmey— The first 
step in my "calling" to 
France began at my home 
church in Hagerstown, Mary- 
land, after a missions chal- 
lenge by Rev. Jack Zielasko. 
This was the first public 
commitment I made. Then I 
made a final confirmation of 

this commitment to full-time service during a mis- 
sionary conference at Grace College. 

When I committed myself, I told the Lord I would 
be available to go wherever He wanted me to go. This 
was soon made clear when I met and started dating 
Larry DeArmey who already had served in France for 
15 months, working at the Chateau. Our "calling" 
was finalized when we decided to get married and 
keep the vision of France before us. 

Larry DeArmey— My call 
to serve as a missionary 
in France was neither spec- 
tacular nor mysterious. It 
was, however, a wonderful 
example of how God faith- 
fully leads His children one 
step at a time. A life com- 
mitment to God's work had 
been made on my part in my 
home as a young man. It was 
necessary then that God 
reveal the specific place that 
He wanted me to serve, 
because I had no deep con- 
viction as to the place or the 
nature of my future work. 

When I was a junior at 
Grace Seminary, the door 
suddenly swung open on a 
15-month term of service 
in France. I was, at that time, 
looking for a place to serve 
during my summer vacation. 
Tom Julien was looking for help in France at the 
recently acquired Chateau of St. Albain. A "yes" to 
that venture was the beginning of discovering the 
specifics of a possible future ministry. Through that 
period of time in France, God etched in my heart a 
deep conviction that this was the place He wanted me 
to serve. I fell in love with France and the French 
people. Before I left, I realized that, barring all 
unforeseen difficulties, 1 would return, and I did! 


Nicole Steudler— The 

words of Isaiah 42:16 charac- 
terize what God has done in 
guiding my life, for I indeed 
was blind concerning my 
future. After I spent a year in 
the States at the Worthington 
Grace Brethren Church to get 
more training in youth work, 
I was really wondering where 
God was going to lead me 
next. I was willing to go any- 
where and do anything. I had 
no specific call, except a real 
burden to share the Lord 
with teenagers, so I was pray- 
ing that God would lead me 
where there were needs to be 
met in that realm. 

Somebody once told me 
that there are three things 
that should be positive in 

knowing God's will: God's 
will, my own desire, and the 
right circumstances. If all of 
these are positive, then one 
can go ahead. Since that time, 
I've always asked God to con- 
firm His will to me through 
these areas. 

It was suggested that I 
work with Grace Brethren 
Foreign Missions, so I began 
praying for God's guidance. 
Then the field of France was 
proposed, and that very 
morning I felt God confirmed 
it to me through the Word 
(Rev. 3:7). Confirmation 
through favorable circum- 
stances came as the Worthing- 
ton church took on my total 
support and the FMS board 
and missionaries were encour- 
aging me. And, finally, God 
really gave me a desire to go 
to Chalon. Why Chalon and 
for how long? I don't know. 
But I know God has it all in 
control, and I'm praying that 
since He led me here, my life 
will honor Him, so that He 
can use me for the purpose 
for which He sent me here! 

Doris Julian-Serving the 
Lord and being a part of 
the missionary staff in France 
today is the result of a num- 
ber of encounters, but it all 
started with a serious com- 
mitment that I made 33 years 
ago in a city-wide evangelistic 
campaign. Though I had 
known normal spiritual 
growth, at age 16 I desired 
more than anything else that 
my life would magnify the 
Lord. At a service directed to 
youth in the First Brethren 
Church, Fort Wayne, Indiana, 

I vowed that I wanted to be His ambassador wherever 
He led. 

During my first college semester I met a fellow stu- 
dent who was involved in MPB (mission prayer 
band) and committed to missions as a career. A few 
years later this special encounter, the second most 
important in my life, resulted in two lives being 
joined together to serve Him in some significant way 
abroad. God rather quickly directed us to France 
through a chapel challenge of a fiery Irishman, a 
missionary from France, who vividly communicated 
the tragic spiritual needs of the country. 



Tom Julian— From the 

time I gave my life to God as 
a teenager, I knew He wanted 
me as an ambassador in a 
foreign land. At that time of 
my life, missions was syn- 
onomous with Africa, but 
during seminary God challenged my heart for France 
through a missionary to France who spoke at a chapel 
service. When we went to France, we were almost 
totally unprepared for what we found, but succeeding 
years have confirmed in many ways that Europe is 
the place of God's destiny for me. 

Though the missionary call was at first a sub- 
jective attraction to an unknown people, subsequent 
study of God's Word and prayer led me into a 
reasoned commitment to the Lord and to His Great 
Commission. It is this commitment that has kept us 
in France when times have become rough. ■ 



Dr. and Mrs. Wayne Beaver 

Dr. Beaver met with pastors from the Chad. 

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Groups of pastors and laymen eagerly gathered to hear the presentations. 

Dorothy met whh the OTN (WMC) ladies. 

by Dr. Wayne Beaver 

Hugging, blowing in ears, 
and back patting, accom- 
panied by exclamations of 
"My, how nice and fat you've 
gotten," and "Your head's all 
covered with snow now!" 
These expressions describe the 
tremendous greeting that my 
wife and I received upon 
arrival in the Central African 
Republic after a ten-year 

Landing in Bangui on 
Januarys, 1981, the MA F 
plane soon whisked us away to 
Bouar almost before jetlag 
from the trip had time to set 
in. At Bouar, gathered for the 
annual National Conference of 
African Brethren Churches, 
were a number of missionaries 
and hundreds of African 
friends. Acquaintances and 
friendships made over a 
quarter of a century in Africa 
were eagerly renewed. It was 
good to be back home again! 

Here in conference sessions, 
we found a rapidly maturing 
African church. It is having to 
deal with problems associated 
with sending their own 
missionaries across national 
boundaries, the founding of 
their own seminary on a 
graduate level, the continued 
improvement of the Bible 
schools sponsored by the 
church, the expansion of 
medical care through the 
Boguila hospital and 30 dis- 
pensaries, and the production 
of relevant literature to aid in 

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the spiritual growth of their 

Second generation Chris- 
tians comprised a large part of 
the conference. Now, not 
even a handful were left who 
had walked beside Mr. and Dr. 
Gribble and other pioneer 
missionaries as they trod the 
dusty paths to announce the 
first good news of the Gospel 
in this land, then known as 

These second generation 
Christians, meeting at Bouar 
this past January, faced only 
golden opportunities for the 
expansion of the church in 
Africa. But they also were 
confronted with a whole new 
set of problems peculiar to 
their generation. 

No longer do the most 
pressing church problems deal 
with cannibalism, polygamy, 
colonialism, and circumcision 
and excision of young people. 
Rather now, this generation of 
Christians must take action 
regarding matters such as 
divorce among members, 
elements of materialism divert- 
ing spiritual growth into carnal 
concerns, and attempts of 
politicians to involve the 
church in local politics. 

Church leaders are con- 
cerned not only with the 
current inroads of ecumenism 
and neo-evangelicalism, but 
they must also deal with 
heretical new theologies 
foreign to what their mission- 
ary fathers taught them. In 
addition, a wide variety of 
false cults are spreading across 

Pastors met in various churclies to hear Dr. Beaver. 

the continent at an alarming 
rate, ensnaring weak Christians. 

To give Biblical answers to 
problems such as these, my 
wife, Dorothy, and I went to 
Africa on a sabbatical leave 
from Grace Theological Semi- 
nary. There we found that 
eight seminars were being 
planned, seven in the C.A. R. 
and one in the Chad, so that 
we might teach as many of the 
Brethren pastors as could 
attend one or another of the 

For three months our 
highly capable MAF pilot, 
Larry Warnemuende, flew 
Dorothy and me from one 
location to another. Eight 
days were planned for each 
seminar, allowing for some 24 
hours of teaching to each 
group of pastors. We were 
thrilled to see over 450 pastors 
in attendance at the seminars. 
Again, we were delighted to 

Young and old face 


ems in today's Africa. 

discover that around three- 
fourths of these were men that 
we had taught years ago at the 
Bible Institute. 

The theological library of 
almost all of these pastors con- 
sists of only the classnotes 
that we and other teachers had 
given them years ago. Conse- 
quently, these men were 
starving for the truths of the 
Word and eagerly devoured 
the spiritual food passed out. 
Soon they would be passing it 
on to their people. 

At each location Dorothy 
had abundant opportunities 
to minister hour after hour to 
groups of women and children. 
At several locations, where 
there were no mission stations, 
she was challenged to prepare 
our meals from local produce 
under somewhat primitive 

Mrs. Beaver taught tlie ladies' classes. 

conditions. More than once 
we were thankful for the little 
one-burner gas stove, because 
wood is becoming hard to get 
in many places. 

During our rewarding three 
months in the Central African 
Republic and the Chad, we 
saw a strong African church 
grounded on the sure foun- 
dation of the Word of God. 
This church is governing itself 
and is sending forth and 
supporting its own members in 
church-planting ministries 
under the evident blessing of 

At the same time we saw an 
alarming array of satanic influ- 
ences appearing almost daily 
in various forms. The roaring 
lion is desperately seeking to 
attack this young church 
whose foundations were laid 
only 60 years ago by those 
pioneering with the Gospel as 
representatives of the Breth- 
ren Church. 

It is imperative that the 
Brethren Church today not 
neglect its prayerful support 
of this young part of our 
Fellowship. Neither should it 
neglect the appeals for Bible- 
teaching missionaries to assist 
on a fraternal level the teaching 
of pastors and lay people. 
These are people hungering for 
spiritual food. 

Shall we turn them away 
hungry? Shall we neglect the 
giving of that food that will 
lead to their continued 
spiritual growth and maturity 
as they now come of age in 
the heart of Africa? ■ 

From the Fellowship of Grace Brethren Churches 

DThe Fairlawn Grace Brethren Church of Radford, 
Va., was completely destroyed by fire on Friday 
morning, June 25. Details at press time are sketchy, 
but the congregation will probably rebuild on some 
land they purchased a few years ago. 

D Doug Witt has accepted the pastorate of the Trout- 
ville, Va., church, and assumed his duties in August. 

Pictured: Front row— sons, Steven and Michael, 
row— Pastor Taylor, son Phillip and wife, Elaine. 


n Rev. Terry Taylor was surprised on his fortieth 
birthday by members and friends of the Grace 
Brethren Church of Canton, Ohio. After the closing 
benediction the sanctuary doors were opened and a 
lighted birthday cake exposed. After the singing of 
"Happy Birthday" and blowing out of candles, an 
"Oldies" male quartet provided several special num- 
bers. Moderator Rick Pake! presented Pastor Taylor 
with a gift of two matched pieces of luggage from the 
congregation as a token of their love and appreciation. 
(Submitted by Mrs. John Bonar) 

O Fifty-four persons were baptized at a Sunday eve- 
ning beach service on July 5 by the pastoral staff and 
lay leaders of the North Long Beach Brethren Church, 
Long Beach, Calif. Over 400 persons were present at 
the service, which included singing, testimonies of 
many of the baptismal candidates, and a short mes- 
sage by Pastor David Miller. 

Junior High Pastor Jeff Holt, High School Pastor 
Ken McCall, and Senior Pastor David Miller baptized 
candidates simultaneously, while Associate Pastor 
Ralph Colburn announced the candidates and re- 
peated the baptismal formula over a "bull horn" at 
the water's edge. Several married couples and one en- 
gaged couple were included in the baptism. 

This is the second year that one summer evening 
service has been planned for the beach, with baptism 
in the cool waters of the Pacific Ocean. 

DThe First Grace Brethren Church of Des Moines, 
Iowa, called John Sholly as their pastor. He assumed 
his duties Sept. 1 . 

D Rev. Richard Sellers was called to return to the 
Indian Heights Grace Brethren Church, Kokomo, 
Ind., to serve as the shepherd of the flock in that 
place. He assumed his duties in August. 


Hearty congratulations to, and may Cod's blessing rest upon 
these new families who join the Brethren Missionary Herald 
readership. A six.-month subscription to the Herald is given to 
newlyweds, not previously subscribing, whose addresses are 
supplied by the officiating minister. The church is billed for the 
additional months to make the newlywed subscription expire 
the same time as others from the church. 

Angle Thompson and Timothy Ellis, January 31, Patterson 
Memorial Grace Brethren Church, Roanoke, Va. The cere- 
mony was performed by Pastor Ron Thompson, father of the 
bride, and was assisted by Pastor Kenneth Teague. 
Lourden Brache and Bill Michel, March 6, Grace Brethren 
Church, Long Beach, Calif. 
Dorothy Lynn Smith to Dean Stuart Henrlch, April 3, First 
Brethren Church, Philadelphia, Pa. 

Ronell Mears and Robert Ballinger, April 11, Grace Brethren 
Church, Long Beach, Calif. 

Andrea Strock and Mark Witwer, April 11, Grace Brethren 
Church, Temple Hills, Md. 

Dawn Penque and Paul Simpson, April 18, Grace Brethren 
Church, Long Beach, Calif. 

Edie Johnson and Don Olson, May 2, Grace Brethren Church, 
Temple Hills, Md. 

Denlse Laurence and Dwight Birdsall, May 9, Grace Brethren 
Church, Long Beach, Calif. 

Susan Thompson and Robert Hales, May 16, Grace Brethren 
Church, Long Beach, Calif. 

Caroll Ann Soverns and Scott Perkins, May 17, Grace Breth- 
ren Church, Norwalk, Calif. 

Tanya Trent and David Hogan, May 22, Clearbrook Grace 
Brethren Church, Roanoke, Va. 

Claire Oyler and Mike Dick, May 30, Grace Brethren Church, 
Temple Hills, Md. 

Anita Klebe and Mark Mclntire, June 5, Grace Brethren 
Church, Long Beach, Calif. 

Laura Vasquez and Carlos Garcia, June 6, Grace Brethren 
Church, Long Beach, Calif. 

Margaret Branstetter and Jim Hogan, June 13, Grace Breth- 
ren Church, Temple Hills, Md. 

Judy Evenstad and Phil Davis, June 13, Grace Brethren 
Church, Long Beach, Calif. 

Kim Leismer and Mark Hynes, June 13, Grace Brethren 
Church, Temple Hills, Md. 

Karen Klein and Jack Peterson, June 19, Grace Brethren 
Church, Long Beach, Calif. 

Lisa Futch and Robert Cover, Jr., June 20, Community 
Grace Brethren Church, Warsaw, Ind. Those participating in 
the ceremony included the following: Rev. Earl Futch, father 
of the bride; Rev. Robert Cover, Jr., father of the groom; 
Rev. Joe Nass, pastor-elect of the Lexington, Ky., Grace 
Brethren Church, representing the Sidney Grace Brethren 
Church, Sidney, Ind. 

Change ycur annual 

Wayne L. Hannah, 2108 Unicorn Lane, Richmond, 
Va. 23235 • Kenneth Koontz, P.O. Box 1071, 
Orange City, Fla. 32763 • Chap. John Schumacher, 
Office of the Chaplain, Sixth Avenue Chapel, Fort 
Ord, Calif. 93941 • Zip change for Larry Gegner- 
20745 • Chap. John B. Patrick, Chaplain Officer 
Advanced Course 5-16, C22, WIEUCA, Fort Mon- 
mouth, N. J. 07743. 


Death notices must be submitted in writing by the pastor. 

ASHMAN, Kenneth B., 68, pastor of the First Brethren 
Church, Wooster, Ohio, for 35 years, entered his heavenly 
home on July 10. He also pastored churches in Greenwich, 
Ohio; Mundy's Corner (Conemaugh) and Meyersdale, Pa., be- 
fore assuming the pastorate in Wooster. The memorial mes- 
sage was delivered by Dr. Bemard Schneider. Tributes were 
brought by Rev. John Zielasko, representing Brethren For- 
eign Missions; Dr. John Davis, representing Grace Schools; 
Rev. Knute Larson (pastor of the Grace Brethren Church, 
Ashland, Ohio), representing associate pastors and "Timo- 
thys"; and Mr. Miles Firestone, former moderator of the local 
church. Among others participating in the service were 
Richard Armstrong, moderator of the local church; and Rev. 
George Johnson, missionary to Northern Brazil. See also page 
33 of this issue for a tribute to Dr. Ashman. 

COAST, Mrs. Johannah, May 23. She had been a member of 
the Ellet Grace Brethren Church, Akron, Ohio, for 40 years. 
Gerald Teeter, pastor. 

FLATTEN, Mrs. Ida, May 29, a member of the Ellet Grace 
Brethren Church, Akron, Ohio. She was known as "Aunt 
Ida" to many of the seminary students in the beginning years 
of Grace Seminary. Gerald Teeter, pastor. 
HAUBOLD, Henry J., 71, June 10. He was a member of the 
Calvary Grace Brethren Church, Orange City, Fla. Herman 
W. Koontz, pastor. 

KINASZ, Mrs. Jane Ellen, June 18, a member of the Grace 
Brethren Church, Long Beach, Calif. Dave Hocking, pastor. 
MALLEN, Mrs. Irene, May 29, a member of the Grace Breth- 
ren Church, Long Beach, Calif. Dave Hocking, pastor. 
ORRELL, Bill, member of the Grace Brethren Church of 
Norwalk, Calif. Nickolas Kurtaneck, pastor. 
WELLER, Cecil, June 19, a member of the Grace Brethren 
Church, Temple Hills, Md. Jim Dixon, pastor. 


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A Time 

to Celebrate 

in Brooi^viiie, 


Could it really be done- 
build a 3,200 square foot 
building for less than $80,000? 
Could the congregation really 
do it themselves? Could they 
build it within a normal period 
of time (seven months) or 
would it take much time, thus 
killing the total ministry of 
the church? Could it be done? 

The answer is a resounding 
yes/ In fact, it has been 
done— To God be the glory, 
great things He has done! The 
Brooksville Grace Brethren 
Church stands surrounded by 
God's blessings. On June 28, 
we moved into our new 
education building which is 
the first phase of our building 
program. We plan to outgrow 
this unit within this next year 
and then begin phase two 
which will be a beautiful 

Read for yourself how this 
came about by some of the 
people who helped make it a 

In April 1980, we sold our home of 27 years in Maryland. 
We decided to move to Florida. Despite leaving children and 
grandchildren and the GBC of Temple Hills, we became 
excited about retirement in a warm climate. 

After much seeking of the Lord's will we found a home 
near Brooksville, Florida. We asked about a church and the 
real estate agent said there was a Brethren church about three 
miles away. When we found out that it was a Grace Brethren- 
church, we just praised the Lord for His leading. \ 

The people of the church prayed for us from April to 
December while our house was being built. They checked on 
the building progress and called to let us know. 

When we finally moved into our home and went to church 
that first Sunday, we again thanked our Lord for our 
brothers and sisters in Christ. Pastor Willard has been so 
helpful in helping us get settled. He also encouraged us in 
serving the Lord immediately in the church. Sam leads 
singing in all the services and does church visitation. Dorothy 
has begun a weekly Bible study in our home. 

We are excited about our new church building and the 
many blessings and services God will have for us. 

We are truly thankful for a pastor who encouraged us in 
the Word and his enthusiasm for the church.— Sam and 
Dorothy Wynkoop 

With your heart serving the 
Lord it is possible for a Home 
Mission church to accomplish 
what the Brooksville church 
has done. Phase one is now 
complete. From the begin- 
ning we had people serving the 
Lord, working day after day 
giving their time to the 
church. We praise God for 
these people. The building has 
3,200 square feet of floor 
space and is placed on four 
acres of land which is land- 
scaped and planned for future 
buildings. This has been 
completed for a cost of 
$53,000. Without the help of 
these people and the fair- 
minded subcontractors, we 
would have spent $80,000. 

Thank the Lord for these 
people. -yWr. and Mrs. Wentz 


Hello, we are the Connell family: John, Noel, Vickey, and 
John II. We have attended the Grace Brethren Church since 
moving to Brooksville, Florida, in June of 1980. This is the 
first association we have had with the Grace Brethren Fellow- 
ship. It has been a good experience in that we have funda- 
mental teaching from the Word of God and a body of 
believers who have offered a warm welcome to all who enter. 
We thank God for this church being in Brooksville! It has 
been exciting to see the new church building which has been 
an example of total commitment to the work of the Lord.- 
The Connells 

My family and I have been 
attending the services at GBC 
in Brooksville for over four 
years. When we first started, 
we knew we had found the 
right church for us. It was a 
warm, friendly group of 
people who taught the Word. 

One of the greatest lessons I 
have learned here was through 
the construction of our new 
building. When we first 
started making plans to build, 
we had our "vision" of a new 
building. For a time, God 
took that vision away because 
plans didn't fall into place to 
allow construction as we had 

When things looked the 
blackest, God gave us a new 
plan to construct the new 
building in two separate 
phases. The education build- 
ing (phase one) is now 
complete, thanks to a dozen 
gifted and dedicated men and, 
most important, to our loving 
and all-powerful God who 
chose to show us that He can 
do the impossible through 
people who trust and believe 
in Him. 

Except for the electrical 
work and roofing work, the 
building was constructed by 
our own men with God's help. 

As building committee 
chairman, I have been very 
proud to have worked with 
these men through whom God 
chose to do His work. 

Keep us in your prayers.— 
Paul and Christine Williams 

God led us to Brooksville some ten years ago. So many 
times we have wondered why! Perhaps this is our answer. 

We bought this beautiful piece of property on a busy 
highway corner shortly after moving to this area and thought 
what a lovely site for a church. Not just any church; but one 
that preached how Christ died for each one of us personally 
and arose gloriously from the grave. 

Several years passed, and our dream still persisted. One 
day a young pastor called on us in just a routine call of the 
neighborhood. He asked if we knew of any property available, 
since his congregation was looking for a building site. He 
also said there was a particular piece of property they were 
especially interested in— the lovely corner on the highway. 

The wheels were set in motion and soon the property 
belonged to the Grace Brethren Church. We prayed and 
worked and prayed and just a few weeks ago we had the 
dedication of our beautiful new building! 

This is our dream and answer. 

God is so good!— /Wr. and Mrs. Warner 

"I never would have believed it." 

I wonder how many times I have heard these words since 
the start of our building project. Even back when the 
purchase of the land was in process. What a beautiful site! 
And how providential that it should be made available to us. 
But how were we going to pay for it? Well, first thing you 
know, it was paid for! And, yes, you guessed it, " I never 
would have believed it." Those same words. 

Then came ground breaking. It was rainy and blustery, 
but the rain stopped just long enough for our service on the 
grounds. "I never would have believed it." I heard it 

Then in October the actual work began— what a wonderful 
day that was! The slab was poured, all volunteer labor— "I 
never would have believed it!" 

And now, some eight months later, look at it! ! What a 
beautiful thing to behold! Do I hear it again? "I never 
would have believed it!" 

Well, as for me, I believed it and so did a number of other 
people. God believed it also and we all worked together and 
made it happen. And on June 28 we dedicated it to our God 
and for His service. And I trust we offered ourselves as 
well.— /Wr. and Mrs. Bums 

After moving from West 
Virginia in November 1979, 
we bought a home in Brooks- 
ville, Florida, not knowing any 
anyone at all. But soon after 
moving into our new home we 
were visited by Pastor William 
Willard from the Grace Breth- 
ren Church which was meeting 
in the Eastside Elementary 
School. Pastor Willard invited 
my husband and I to attend. 
In going there we both found 
the people friendly and the 
Gospel being preached and 
taught. We praise the Lord 
for the growth of the church 
and the fellowship. Thank 
God for saving our souls 31 
years ago this past March. 

After seven months of 
prayers and labor from the 
good men, we are now in our 
new church— Ancil and 
Margaret Conway 

We rejoice in the blessings 
of God here at Brooksville, 
Florida, Grace Brethren 
Church and believe we are 
only beginning to experience 
the many victories that God 
has in store for us. I praise 
God for the wonderful people 
who are involved in the work 
of the ministry in our church. 
They are a winning team! 
Praise the \_or6\-Pastor 
William Willard ■ 

Jewish Reflections 

by Mrs. Doyle Miller 

Many people ask "How 
does it feel after five years on 
the field?" "Are you still 
excited about working with 
the Jewish people?" 

The answer to the second 
question is yes! I find it 
exciting to work with the 
Jewish people. I've learned a 
lot. I remember five years ago 
when we drove up to the 
mission in our U-Haul we felt 
like we were really entering 
another culture. We were sur- 
rounded by Orthodox and 

Reform Jewish people. As we 
were unloading, I turned my 
tape recorder on to some good 
Jewish music and we went to 
work. Our neighbors spoke to 
us but seemed to hold back in 
getting acquainted with us. 
They knew missionaries 
always lived in this house and 
they were wondering if we 
were missionaries, too, or did 
God answer their prayers and 
send the missionaries away. 
We soon learned that we had 
to relax and take it a little 

We started our ministry by 
praying that our lives would 

be a testimony to the Jewish 
people we were trying to 

Since we had children, we 
soon found our home full of 
young people. So we decided 
to start there. We organized 
the "Happy Hour Club." We 
started with ten and soon had 
twenty to twenty-five. That 
was plenty to handle! 

We began the Happy Hour 
with Bible stories from the 
Old Testament, added some 
Jewish music and crafts. The 
kids loved it. They even 
learned Hebrew. I had studied 
Hebrew and was at the point 

where I could teach a little. 
We started with the alphabet. 
They looked forward to 
learning it and writing it. 

As the Happy Hour 
developed we began to study 
the whole Bible. When some 
parents learned that their 
children were hearing about 
Jesus, they pulled their 
children from the meetings. 
This became discouraging. 
It was always sad to lose 

As we began to teach the 
whole Bible the children began 
to ask questions and would 
often go home and share this 
"new" information with their 
parents. As parents would call 
to ask us questions, this gave 
us great opportunities to 
share. We learned that prayer 
is vital. 

As we prayed, and as Breth- 
ren prayed for us, we began to 
see some real victories. It was 
a relief to know that some of 
the children were going to be 
allowed to continue coming to 
the meetings. We lost some 
but God brought in others. 
Young people's hearts are so 
tender and open and as they 
began to learn and ask 
questions the Lord began to 
work. I'm happy to say that 
everyone who was allowed to 
come to the meetings accepted 
the Lord and began to grow. 
Today, they would feel 
comfortable in a church and 
they are ready for that. 

With time, we decided to 
begin a teen program. Soon 
our home was overflowing 
with teenagers. We started 
with two, grew to five, ten and 
soon twenty. We found it 
harder and more time- 
consuming to keep it interest- 
ing. By this time we felt like 
we were full time with youth. 

Many youth accepted the 
Lord but some would not. 
They were all Jewish but 

probably two; but those who 
did not accept, still heard the 
message and I trust felt our 
love for them. 

Beside our youth programs 
we still had the existing meet- 
ings that were here, the Beth 
El group meeting once a 
month in our home and also 
the Shalom Blind Group 
meeting twice a month. And 
then there was the Thursday 
night adult Bible study. As 
you can see, we were kept 
quite busy with all these 
things going on in the middle 
of our house. 

After a short while we 
began to receive threatening 
phone calls from a Jewish 
group telling us to stop our 
meetings or else we would be 
sorry. When Thursday night 
came, two men wearing 
Yamulkas attended the Bible 
study. We knew they were 
from this hostile group and 
thus we turned to our Lord in 

Everything went smoothly 
and at the end they asked 
questions. They seemed nice 
and did not threaten us in any 
way. Many times we knew 
men were sitting in their cars 
watching our meetings. Soon 
after that, one Thursday night 
about an hour before our 
Bible study, a fire broke out in 
back of our office. We felt 
someone had planned this. We 
were thankful that the fire 
department brought the fire 
under control and that it did 
not reach our house. 

At this point I was begin- 
ning to wonder if the work 
was still exciting. It was 
certainly eventful! 

A few years have now 
passed. We have started a 
telephone ministry and are 
actively involved in a campus 
ministry. We have also 
stepped out in faith and have 
established an annual 

Banquet. We look forward to 
this banquet each year and are 
especially thankful for the 
Brethren people who support 
this event. We are also 
publishing the Bet Emet News, 
which I trust you are enjoying. 

All of this brings us to 
1981. "How does it feel after 
five years on the field?" 

After five years of having 
meetings in the middle of our 
home, I am 100 percent 
behind my husband and his 
goal to organize a local fellow- 
ship of believers in our Jewish 
community. My husband is 
praying for men who will get 
behind him in this goal and I 
believe this is happening. We 
want not only neighbor 
children and teens to know 
Christ as their Saviour, but 
adults as well. 

Through the years my 
responsibilities have changed. 
I continue to be active in 
preparing for our meetings. I 
also find myself doing a lot of 
entertaining and meeting 
many new people. Much of 
my time,, though, is spent right 
here at home trying to be the 
wife, mother, and help meet 
that I am supposed to be. 

I am excited about the 
future of the Brethren 
Messianic Testimony of Los 
Angeles. Our neighbors who 
were against us five years ago 
love us very much and once 
you have a Jewish friend, you 
are blessed, for indeed you 
have a true friend. 

Exciting things are under- 
way for the fall of 1981. 
Would you join with us in 
praying for the staff and the 
opportunities and the sal- 
vation of Jewish people? We 
appreciate the way the 
Brethren care and pray for the 
work here in Los Angeles. 
Thank you. 

God bless you and shalom! ■ 

Stu McAllister and Bill Smith 


Plants Church in 

Cleveland, Ohio 

by Bill Smith 

Eastern Field Secretary 

Stu IVIcAllister— even his name carries a 
sparkle, and that's just the way he is. That's 
the way we saw him at the downtown Ohio 
Bell Executive Building in Cleveland, Ohio, on 
May 20, 1981. 

Stu McAllister is a man who loves Jesus 
Christ. He loves the Word of God. He has a 
great longing to teach the Word of God and to 
touch souls for Jesus Christ so that they 
might be saved. 

Dr. Lester E. Pifer and I drove from 
Winona Lake, Indiana, to Cleveland, Ohio, to 
be with Stu for a noon Bible study session 
conducted weekly in a conference room at 
the Ohio Bell Executive Building in down- 
town Cleveland. What a delightful experience 
it was for us to see this conference room filled 

with executives, men and women, at noon to 
hear Stu teach the Word of God. About 50 or 
55 people were there and for 45 minutes they 
sat on the edge of their seats with their Bibles 
opened, pencils in hand, listening to a man 
fjach the Book of Romans. 

At three o'clock, the evening arrangements 
had been made for Dr. Pifer to be interviewed 
on a Christian radio station in the Cleveland 
area. The broadcast was excellent. We even 
met people later on that night who told us 
what the broadcast meant to them. 

At seven o'clock in the evening we met 
with a group of people in the Lakewood area 
of Cleveland who gathered together for the 
expressed purpose of talking seriously 
concerning the establishment of a Grace 
Brethren church in this area. Stu McAllister 
served as master of ceremonies. His lovely 
wife and children were there also handing out 
literature, making people feel welcome and at 
home. To our amazement, 32 individuals 
showed up for this meeting. 

Dr. Pifer explained a great deal about 
church planting and the relationship of Home 
Missions to the establishment of churches and 
then he showed our Home Missions slide- tape 
which somehow continually causes me to get 
goose bumps at the blessings of God through- 
out America in our Home Mission churches. 
Then I was able to share a message from 
Psalm 37. 

Needless to say, this was a great day, and it 
was all possible because of God's working in 
the life of Stu McAllister. Let's band together 
to pray for Lakewood-Cleveland, Ohio, and 
for the establishment of this church and for 
this tremendous ministry of Stu McAllister, a 
layman, who is an executive at Ohio Bell and 
one who loves the God of the Word. ■ 

Unlimited Service 



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What could your church do with an extra $200,000? Or how about with half that amount? 

The Brethren Investment Foundation will help the Alta Loma, California, Grace Brethren Church 
save $141,500 over the course of their mortgage loan. 

Most likely, if your church could save $200,000, that money could be used to estabhsh youth 
ministries, develop counseling services, upgrade the nursery, bUtz the community with advertising, 
purchase additional property, add more Sunday school space, increase missions giving, or a host of 
other possibilities. 

The Brethren Investment Foundation would hke to help every growing Grace Brethren church save 
substantial sums of money. These savings could be put to use in expanding Christ's work. 

The only hmitation to this significant service are the funds on deposit. 

Investors committed to furthering church planting in North America and around the world may use 
the BIF to receive 6.18% interest on their savings and at the same time help provide low-interest loans 
to growing Grace Brethren churches. 

Become a part of this important ministry. Become a part of the Brethren Investment Foundation! 

The Brethren Investment Foundation 

Box 587 
■" Winona Lake, Indiana 46590 ""i 

hoping to help 

GDC Christian Education 

Box 365 - Winona Lake, IN - 46590 

What is 
Congregational Government? 

Congregational government, as represented in the Bible, means that each 
local congregation chooses its own leaders and is responsible for its decisions 
about ministries and finances and policies. Once the people call their leaders 
they obviously let them lead. That is so clear in Scripture. But each congre- 
gation has the joy of calling its leaders, based upon 1 Timothy 3 quali- 
fications, and then is called by God to respond to their leadership (Heb. 

In the Grace Brethren churches, we enjoy congregational government. 
Growing churches that are getting good things done enjoy spiritual leadership 
by the men God has called to shepherd and special ministries from the people 
called to deacon and serve. 

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hoping to help . . . 

Tom Barlow, Worthington, Ohio 
Connie Whitcomb, Warsaw, Indiana 
Greg Wallace, Mansfield, Ohio 
Peter BItner, Hagerstown, Maryland 
John Boal, Uniontown, Pennsylvania 
Dave McClellan, Kent, Washington 
Marshall Noriega, Bellflower, 

Karia Neer, Ashland, Ohio 
Kathy Kincarte, San Bernardino, 


l/Vhat do these people have in 
common? A gospel team? No. A 
college group? No. They are all 
members of BSLV— Brethren Student 
i-ife l/olunteers. They are students 
who made commitments to seriously 
pursue the possibility of a Christian 
career (full-time Christian service). 

Who should consider BSLV mem- 
bership? Those who feel God is 
leading them toward vocational 
service for Him, It is important that 
their pastor and other Christians 
recognize them as having the 
qualifications necessary to seek this 
calling. Of course, much of that will 
be evidenced as the student continues 
to mature. 

BSLV is not for everyone— only 
those who are led into vocations like 
missionaries, pastors, and so forth. 

Why Join this organization? The 
student will get periodic literature of 
encouragement from GBC Christian 
Education, foreign missionary prayer 
letters, a WMC group as a "prayer 
partner," opportunities to get 
discipleship series "Studies in 
Christian Living" (gifts through GBC 
Christian Education, compliments of 
the Brethren Missionary Herald 
Company), a membership card, 
opportunities to be on Timothy 
Teams, and more. 

What does it take to Join? Initially, 
it costs only $5.00 to join. There is 
no annual membership fee. It is a 
ministry of GBC Christian Education 
until the student has completed his 
formal education or establishes his 

For more information, write to 
GBC Christian Education. If you 
would like to make a contribution to 
help the BSLV program, please make 
gifts payable to GBC Christian Edu- 
cation (ATTN: BSLV). 




Sunday school has great potential but 
can also get sick easily. Here are some com-i 
mon Sunday school ailments— let's curei 
them at your church! 

1. Inattention 

It's easy to skip it. Especially in a day! 
when you like being anonymous in the back 
row of a worship service, or not feeling like 
you ought to contribute in a smaller adult 
Bible fellowship or Sunday school class. 

Give your Sunday school some atten-j 
tion— especially for your children. They ' 
need the food and the teaching from an- 
other person other than parents or their 
Christian schoolteacher. 

2. isolation i 

From the rest of the church, that Is.i 
Often Sunday school has a separate consti-' 
tution and separate leadership, as if it's not 
the real "teaching arm of the church" and . 
"evangelistic outreach already organized." 
Sunday school is very much a part of the 
total church program. If we didn't have it, 
we'd probably organize some way to get 
people together in smaller groups so they 
can have discussion and application and 
share in each other's lives. 

3. Inferiority j 

Some Sunday schools often feel in-J 
ferior because they are. Mediocrity and 
slight attention to details often make it 
seem disorganized. This disease can easily be 
cured by a superintendent or teachers who 
are saying, "Let's get this show on the road 
with joy and excellence." 

You should be the one to say that! 

4. Ineffectiveness 

Often because it doesn't really get 
the lesson involved in the lives of the 
people. Kids have to see how it relates to 
Monday. So do adults. And that's why 
teachers work hard and talk about the ap- 
plications and make sure they're living it 

5. Indigestion 

Ron Hutchcraft, Youth For Christ 
leader in New York, says that this disease 
in a Sunday school is especially caught by 
people who have grown up in the environ- 
ment. They can get so much of the same 
stuff over and over again that they are ready 
to just walk away full but not using it. The 
cure is the same— getting changes made so 
that the Word is applied to daily living and 
really given in a fresh way and with love, 
and so that pastoral care and ministry are 
happening among adults. 

Nobody ever gets too much love, when 
handled correctly. And the people carinj 
and getting to know each other and helping 
each other in struggles— that prevents in- 
digestion with just a straight lecture oi 
repetitious meeting. 

Help save Sunday school I And giv« 
thanks for ones that are leading the way- 
with special excellence in all these areas. ■ I 

SSCSjundoif Sdwologjths ysah 

East Side Columbus Named First! 

GBC Christian Education has 
selected the East Side Grace Brethren 
Church of Columbus, Ohio— Matt 
Hartman, Sunday school superin- 
tendent; and Randy Bowman, pastor— 
as the 1981 "Sunday School of the 


When we carried an article recently 
about this growing school, we honored 
their organization, but especially their 
; desire to "fulfill the Great Com- 
mission," as Hartman stated the pur- 
pose of the church and the Sunday 

The East Side church has had a 
growth rate of 23.2 percent during this 
conference year. A recent average 
month included a 260 percent increase 
in the two- and three-year old depart- 
ment, and 1 1 percent increase in the 
adult area, 54 percent increase in the 
youth area, and 130 percent in the 
fifth and sixth grade departments. 

The new facilities don't hurt, but 
growth was happening before they 
moved into the large education wing 
which was completed this year. 

East Side has been adding adult 
classes, which is a basic requirement 
for growing churches! A sixth adult 
class will be added in the near future. 
The "Basic Believers" course, taught 
by Phil Teran, the church growth and 
"evangelism" pastor, is offered every 
quarter for the benefit of new 
believers. The other four or five 
courses are electives, changed each 
quarter. And 1981 was the second 
year that teachers and department 
heads and the superintendent were 
using written job descriptions. "They 
enable us to measure the performances 
of each individual involved. We believe 
that the Lord holds us accountable for 
the work we do for Him," the super- 
intendent said. "The pastor and one 
of the members of the board of elders, 
the education elder, evaluate the work 
of the superintendent, and superin- 
tendent evaluates the department 
heads, and the department heads 
3valuate their teaching staffs." 

We were pleased with the job 
descriptions of the leaders and 
:eachers. The excitement and unity 

related to the Great Commission and 
reaching more people for Christ was 
so important. 

We congratulate the teaching staff 
at East Side GBC, one that has 
doubled in two months this spring. 
This was needed as the church went to 
a "flip-flop" so they could make 
double use of facilities and have the 

double worship services. Children in 
the classes for two year olds through 
grade four have an extended three- 
hour Sunday school. So a master 
teacher and many arts and crafts and 
individual instruction are included. 

Congratulations to a growing 
church, now the "Sunday School of 
the Year"! 

An ABF (Adult Bible Fellowship) taught by Pastor Randy Bowman, 

The Growing Church 

Bellflower Brethren Church 
Bellflower, California 
Edwin E. Cashman, pastor 


Conscious of the constant deterioration of ttie quality of entertainment available to the 
modern American family, and concerned about the lack of exposure to the growing number 
of good Christian films and gospel music artists, Bellflower Brethren launched a series of 
family nights geared to changing the entertainment patterns of our local church families. 

We began in a small way by scheduling several film nights on convenient Fridays, consist- 
ing of one or two short features for children (many are available, such as the "Davey and 
Goliath Series" and the "Bippity-boppity Bunch") and one longer feature suitable for the 
entire family. Many of the Heartland Productions, such as "Ride the Wind," "Happiness Is 
. . . ," and "Sammy," are excellent, as are many of the features of Gospel Films, Ken 
Anderson Productions, Quadras, and others. 

When opportunities for such gospel music artists as Paul Schumacher, the Murk Family, 
Chuck Olson, and groups such as Blue Grace Brethren and Sonlight (from GBC, Long 
Beach, Calif.) came along, we shifted the emphasis to music. 

As attendance grew past 1 00, my wife was motivated to provide "Bettie's Snack Shop." 
Food is sold "at cost" with no profit to church or workers, and many special fun foods are 
featured. The real point is the fellowship before and after. Nearly 250 of our people come 
out now, and we're more and more using these features as "entry events" to bring friends, 
family, and neighbors who are becoming prospects for our Sunday services. 

Westminster Grace Brethren began All Church Night in March. Perhaps your people 
would respond, too! 

A Herald IVIagazine Reprint 

(Editor's Note: We plan to present a series of articles that have appeared in the Herald. Note the date of 
publication, so you may have the proper setting for the material. -CW J) 

JULY 6, 1946 



by Dr. Floyd W. Taber 

Man needs God. But his spirit of independence does not 
allow him to admit that need. Satan whispers, "Make a god 
for yourself." The result is an idol— a man-made substitute 
for God. 

God bears a threefold relationship to creation. He is its 
Author, Sustainer, and Goal. (Of him, and through him, 
and to him, are all things— Rom. 11:36.) Different idols 
specialize in substituting themselves for God in one or an- 
other of these three functions. The idol which substitutes 
itself for God as the Author of Life is called Evolution. 

Man needs God as the explanation of the origin of all 
things. God so constituted our mind that we instinctively 
seek to understand the cause of things. He so made us in 
order that we might seek back and ever further back in 
studying the causes of things, and thus find the First Cause. 

Our pride seeks to make us independent of God, so we 
are constantly seeking some plausible theory to explain the 
origin of things without recognizing Him. 

Two httle girls were playing on the seashore. The elder 
asked their mother, "What makes the sand dunes?" The 
mother explained the work of the waves and wind. A few 
minutes later she heard this six -year-old telling her younger 
sister, "The wind and the waves pUe up the sand that way. 
You see you don't have to have God at all." In her tender 
years she was echoing age-old exultation of man at being 
able to bow God out of His world. 

To meet this insatiable demand of depraved man to find 
some way to explain the world without God, Evolution is 
Satan's best seller. 

That is the only reason the theory of Evolution has sur- 
vived. If it had been left to stand or fall simply on its 
merits as a scientific hypothesis, it would have died 
aborning. But it flattered our vanity, so we nursed it along 
until it became a Molech to which we sacrifice our chil- 

It was a case of "survival of the fittest" in that it was the